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PERIDOT - SARDONYX - SPINEL

Peridot, spinel and sardonyx are the three birthstones for August. The peridot birthstone is known for being formed under extreme conditions, as it can be found in the hardened lava that carried it from deep within Earth’s mantle as well as in meteorites that traveled from outer space. The spinel birthstone was underappreciated until recently, as today’s consumers look for an alternative to ruby, a gem with which red spinel was mistaken for centuries. Sardonyx is the original August birthstone, with a history that dates back more than 4,000 years. Learn more about these three August birthstones and discover the perfect gift for those born in the month of August.
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Peridot, spinel and sardonyx are the three birthstones for August. The peridot birthstone is known for being formed under extreme conditions, as it can be found in the hardened lava that carried it from deep within Earth’s mantle as well as in meteorites that traveled from outer space. The spinel birthstone was underappreciated until recently, as today’s consumers look for an alternative to ruby, a gem with which red spinel was mistaken for centuries. Sardonyx is the original August birthstone, with a history that dates back more than 4,000 years. Learn more about these three August birthstones and discover the perfect gift for those born in the month of August.
Peridot, the bright green color of nature, is associated with harmony, good health, restful sleep, and peacefulness.  Known as the stone of compassion, peridot calms anger by giving renewal to all things.

When set in gold, this gem was said to protect the wearer from nightmares. Supposedly, it frees the mind of envious thoughts that can damage and strain relationships. Also, peridot is believed to help depression.
The classic August birthstone, peridot, is a brilliant green gem with a history as bold as its color. Thought by many to be the “topaz” of scholars like Pliny the Elder, and the “emeralds” of Cleopatra’s legendary collection, the underrecognized peridot is finally getting its due. It’s been around for a long time, and thanks to new discoveries in the American Southwest, peridot birthstone jewelry is more accessible than ever.

Known as “evening emeralds” for their vibrant color in low light, the peridot birthstone ranges from a bright grassy hue to a rich olive green. It’s the gem variety of olivine, a stone valued for its use in meditation and Feng Shui. In her book Love is in the Earth, metaphysical author Melody writes of peridot’s ability to aid the wearer through personal cycles. It can facilitate an understanding of big life changes, help heal bruised egos, and magnify the inner aspects of any situation, she writes. Peridot’s warm, friendly energy is used to create a protective field around the body, and bring good luck to mothers during delivery, writes Hall.
Peridots are formed in the mantle of our planet and can be seen only with a volcanic eruption. Moreover, meteorites titled pallasites can bring them to our planet. Some peridots can also be found in crevices in the mountains.

Ancient Egyptians called peridot “the gemstone of a sun.” They thought it’s capable of bringing light in the darkest nights. Pharaohs went even further, encrusting their goblets to connect with the gods. When Roman times came, peridot received another title, “evening emerald.” The gem deserved being called like this because it never loses its shining color – even under artificial lighting.
The most ancient of the August birthstones, sardonyx’s popularity dates back to the Second Dynasty of Egypt more than 4,000 years ago. The gemstone was prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans, who wore sardonyx talismans engraved with images of gods for protection in battle. Egyptians believed the sardonyx had the power to heal the body, particularly bones. 

During the Renaissance, sardonyx was associated with eloquence. Public speakers and orators wore it to promote clear thinking and communication.

A highly protective stone, sardonyx is associated with creativity, courage, and happiness...This August birthstone is associated with clear communication, and brings stability to marriage and partnerships.
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