Happy Birthday August!

By Amanda L Colborn

With tomorrow marking the first day of August, we’d like to wish all the August babies a happy birthday! You have two special birthstones associated with the month of August. Both of which are not only unique and beautiful, but very representative of power and courage. Read on to learn more about the birthstones of August, peridot and sardonyx.

Peridot

Peridot is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year.

As peridot is a gemstone that forms deep inside the Earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes, in Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.

Today, most of the peridot supply comes from Arizona; other sources are China, Myanmar, and Pakistan.  This gemstone comes in several color variations ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to the bright lime greens and olive greens.  Peridot, in smaller sizes, often is used in beaded necklaces and bracelets.

14K yellow gold, peridot and diamond earrings from Parlé Jewelry Design

14K yellow gold, peridot and diamond earrings from Parlé Jewelry Design

Sardonyx

Sardonyx is a form of onyx and is recognized by its layers of reddish brown and white banding.

It was popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans who carried into battle talismans of sardonyx engraved with images of heroes such as Mars or Hercules, believing that this would bring courage and victory.

Because of its attractive banding, sardonyx has long been used to fashion cameos (carved raised figures) and intaglios (the reverse of cameos).  This gemstone is found throughout the world.  The most attractive specimens are found in India, but material also is mined in Czechoslovakia, Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, and in the United States.

14k yellow gold filigree ring circa 1950 from Stanley Jewelers Gemologist, Little Rock, AK

14k yellow gold filigree ring circa 1950 from Stanley Jewelers Gemologist; Little Rock, AR

To all of those celebrating birthdays in August, we wish you a very happy birthday. And to everyone, we wish you a very happy August. If you’d like to learn more about any month’s birthstone, click here.

 

3 Reasons Why We Love Peridot, the August Birthstone

By Kevin P. McVay

August’s birthstone is the magical peridot, a yellow-green to lime-green gemstone that is said to have healing properties that help bring its wearers power and influence. There are many reasons why we like the peridot, even if we weren’t born in August.

The peridot might be what we need to complete the finishing touches to our perfect summer look. Here’s why we think it’s so popular:

  1. It has history. The Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.” Some even believe that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection might have actually been peridot. The Romans used the gem as a protection from enchantment. In the Middle Ages, it was worn for foresight and inspiration.
  2. It’s the perfect accent for most summer colors. The peridot, with its green hue, is unique because it’s subtle, adding radiance to its simplicity. Its refreshingly lighter color complements cheerful reds, curious blues, sunny yellows and crisp whites, all summer colors that are sure to shine bright in the heat of the day. The gemstone is the perfect match for taking strolls through the park, soaking up the sun and getting in touch with nature.
  3. It’s versatile. The peridot can be set into necklaces, rings, bracelets and other stunning jewelry pieces. It strikes an especially distinctive note when matched with gold and silver. The vivacious gemstone is also associated with truth and faithfulness. What’s not to love?

So there we have it. As we prepare for the last month of summer, let’s take a moment to reflect on the beauty of the peridot gemstone. Looking for one of your own? Check out our Find A Jeweler page to search for American Gem Society jewelers near you! Have a happy August!