Birthstones for August

      Peridot and Spinel are the modern birthstones for August. Those born in this month are fortunate to choose between the playful shades of light green with peridot and rich shades of purple, pink or blue with spinel.

      The modern August birthstone, peridot has been prized as a jewelry stone since ancient times. Always green in color but with considerable variations, a peridot's particular shade depends on its source. Peridots have been credited with protecting their wearer during the night.


      Peridot has been mined as a gemstone for over  4000 years. This gem is available in just one color. Its greens range from bottle green to an olive green. Given its resemblance to the color of money, peridot has often been associated with prosperity and good fortune. Ancient Egyptians called the peridot the “gem of the Sun,” as they believed it protected those who wore it from the terrors of the night. In addition to being the birthstone for August, it is associated  with  the  star  sign  of  Capricorn  and  used  to  celebrate the 16th wedding anniversary.

      Spinel has been mistaken  for Rubies for so long. Until  the late 19th century, there was no distinction  between  Ruby  and  Red  Spinel,  as  they  look  almost identical and are often found in the same  localities. Spinel  is  a  favorite  of  many  gem  collectors.  It  has  fantastic  brilliance  with  a  vitreous  luster,  and  as  it  is  very  durable  and  tough,  it  makes  it  an  ideal  gem  to  set  into  jewelry. All spinel are good for detoxification and regulating the metabolism. Spinel is birthstones for August, for the 22nd wedding anniversary and Scorpio and Sagittarius.

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