Everything You Need To Know About Using Peridot

There's at least one crystal for every letter of the alphabet it seems, and they're all wonderful in their own ways. The ABCs of crystals include amazonite for "a," lapis lazuli for "l," and obsidian for "o." When you get down to the letter "p," peridot should be your go-to crystal. This green gem is not only a beauty, but also fun to say — and metaphysically impactful.

Peridot is August's birthstone, and it's a "stone of compassion" (via Fire Mountain Gems). This gem, which is also known as chrysolite, is part of the olivine family of stones and it's associated with the earth element, the numbers five, six, and seven, the zodiac signs Leo, Gemini, Virgo, Scorpio, and Sagittarius, and the planet Mercury (via Charms of Light).

Moreover, it comes in shades of yellow-green, bottle green, and olive green, per Charms of Light. While it's always green, its variations of the color are striking and what makes it so unique. "The shade and depth of green color present in peridot is dependent on the proportion of iron present in the stone, and the deeper the green, the smaller the amount of iron that is present," Fire Mountain Gems explained.

Peridot is great for everyone, and there's one particular reason why

Peridot carries with it a lot of associations, and this is poignant because it can be used effectively by so many people. Its metaphysical properties are unique and practical, making it an excellent stone to be used by anyone and everyone. According to Tiny Rituals, peridot "is connected to the heart chakra and is always ready to help crack your love wide open so you can share in the sublime joy of the universe." It gives you a pure sense of clarity that opens your world in new ways.

Similarly, peridot is a "powerful cleanser" that neutralizes all toxins around it (via Charms of Light). At the same time, it helps with greed, jealousy, anger, and irritation. It can also dispel lingering exhaustion that has stopped you from progressing in life. It will simultaneously give you the courage to move past the things that have held you back.

Physically, this gem "strengthens the immune system, metabolism and benefits the skin," per Charms of Light. It furthermore aids your lungs, heart, thymus, intestinal tract, and more parts of your body that help you live, exist, and function. Its purifying properties also help you with mood disorders, helping you to reach new balances in your life. Because of this, peridot is particularly perfect for people who suffer from various mental health conditions.

Because it's so powerful in so many ways, peridot is an excellent crystal to use for nearly anyone.