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August Birthstone - Peridot, Sardonyx & Spinel

PERIDOT

Peridot is the rare gem-quality variety of the common mineral olivine, which forms deep inside the earth’s mantle and is brought to the surface by volcanoes. In Hawaii, peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the volcano goddess of fire who controls the flow of lava.

Also known as “the Evening Emerald” because its sparkling green hue looks brilliant any time of day, peridot is said to possess healing properties that protect against nightmares and evil, ensuring peace and happiness. Babies born in August are lucky to be guarded by peridot’s good fortune.

SARDONYX

Measuring 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, sardonyx is widely available and relatively inexpensive as gems, beads and jewelry. It is often carved into cameos, intaglios and broaches to show the color contrast between layers.

Used as a stone of strength and protection since ancient times, sardonyx is associated with courage, happiness and clear communication. Some believe that placing sardonyx at each corner of a house will grant protection against evil.

SPINEL

The spinel is often assumed to be other gemstones because it tends to resemble either a ruby or sapphire. But its distinguishing features, like its octahedral crystal structure and single refraction, are what sets it apart from other gems.

When shopping for spinel, a good quality stone should have no visible inclusions. The more inclusions, the less valuable the stone. Spinel can be found in various cuts, like octagons, trillions, squares, rounds and fancy shapes, like ovals, pears, and cushions.