August Birthstone - Peridot

August Birthstone - Peridot

A symbol of strength, the August birthstone is often called the evening emerald (thanks to its delicate, lime green appearance). It is said to give the wearer good dreams and incredible “royal carriage”. Just look at our very own paralegal-turned-princess, Meghan Markle! Aside from her roaring Leo tendencies, she also sports a delicate peridot ring, like a lot of people with August birthdays.

August is one of three birth months represented by three different gemstones. In 2016, August joined June and December as one of the three birth months represented by three different gemstones. The original birthstone for August was sardonyx, and then peridot was added, becoming August's primary gemstone. The addition of spinel, which can be found in a variety of colours, gives August babies a plethora options!

Sardonyx is a variety of the silica mineral called chalcedony. This sort of mineral contains layers of tiny quartz fibers, which are stacked on top of each other to give a banded appearance. The layers in these stones range from translucent to opaque. The stones vary in colour, too. They may be white or grey, ranging to many colourful varieties.

The most recent addition to August birthstones, spinel became an emblem of August in 2016. Long coveted by royalty for their rich hues (some of the world's most famous rubies are, in fact, spinels) spinels can appear in a variety of colours, including the rich red of the Black Prince's Ruby which sits front and center on the Imperial State Crown of England.

Like diamond, peridot is one of the only gemstones to form entirely under the earth’s crust. A product of immense heat and pressure, the glassy green gemstones catch a ride on magma and make their way to the surface intermixed with volcanic rock. Harder than neighbouring grains of sand, tiny pieces of peridot are often excavated in ant hills and left over when other minerals break down.

Celebrate the August birthday in your life with the gift of peridot birthstone jewelry!

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