If you were born in August, you’re lucky enough to have three birthstones to choose from! Vibrant green Peridot, deep pink Spinel, and orange striped Sardonyx. Each stone is unique in its own way, but the three complement each other and August’s warm temperatures. Find out which birthstone (or stones) is the perfect one for you or your August-born loved ones.
Known for its bright, lime green hue, Peridot is a perfect gemstone for the summer. It’s linked with good health, harmony, peacefulness, and compassion. Peridot is known as a cosmic stone, as it has been found in meteorites that have fallen to Earth. It has also been found in Hawaiian volcanic lava, and has become an important part of Hawaiian culture. Peridots are believed to be the tears of the volcano goddess Pele. Peridots were also popular with Ancient Egyptian pharaohs and is still Egypt’s national gem. King Edward VII of England was also a fan, and today Princess Kate Middleton enjoys wearing this beautiful gem.
Often mistaken for rubies, this highly brilliant gemstone comes in a slightly pinker hue. When paired with its partner birthstone Peridot, it makes an amazing combination of summer colours. In ancient times spinel was believed to offer protection from harm and sadness and enhance vitality, mostly because of its bold reddish colour. Spinel’s likeness to rubies has made it an important stone in many royal jewelry collections, especially the British. Certain types of spinel almost appear to glow, making it a truly unique type of precious stone.
As indicated by its name, this is a special type of onyx. It has an orange/brown shade with striation-like white stripes, reminiscent of a breathtaking desert landscape. Sardonyx has been traced as far back as Ancient Greece and Rome. Soldiers used to wear it to battle as a good luck charm, and the stone became a symbol for courage and victory.
Birthstone jewelry makes a perfect gift for your loved ones or yourself, and August has options for any personality. Choose Peridot for those that love bright colours, Spinel for those that love elegance and romance, or Sardonyx for an earthy, bohemian feel. Whichever you choose, it will hold great meaning and beauty!