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August Birthstones - Wait, They Get THREE?!

August Birthstones - Wait, They Get THREE?!

DID YOU KNOW: In 2016, according to the American Gem Society, August became the third month along with June and December to have the option of three different birthstones to choose from – sardonyx, peridot, and spinel.
August 21, 2019 by SWCreations Jewelry
Enchanting August Birthstone: Sardonyx

Enchanting August Birthstone: Sardonyx

The enchanting verdant tones of the peridot have long been recognized as the eighth month’s birthstone. But little do people know that the alluring green gem shares its limelight with a darker, more mysterious counterpart–the sardonyx.

A form of onyx from the mineral family of chalcedony, sardonyx differs in appearance from its more famous jet-black cousin. Since ancient times, sardonyx has enchanted with its reddish brown coloring caressed with delicate white bands. The smooth face of the gem has made it a popular choice for cameo jewelry. In fact, Greeks and Romans were so taken with it, that they used sardonyx as talismans. Warriors carved the raised, cameo style emblems of godly heroes like Mars and Hercules in the stones, believing these tokens would protect them, and give them an advantage in battle.

July 03, 2013 by SWCreations Jewelry
August - Birthstone - Cleopatra’s Favorite Gemstone

August - Birthstone - Cleopatra’s Favorite Gemstone

Perhaps gemstones are one of the greatest gifts we’ve been given in this world.  For thousands of years, they have brought beauty and joy into our lives, and most have interesting folklore and legends associated with them.  The August gemstone, Peridot, is often given to celebrate the 16th wedding anniversary, and is not lacking in either beauty or folklore.