The August birthstone: Peridot
Every month, we present to you a different birthstone that’s characteristic and unique. The month of August actually has two stones: the peridot and the sardonyx. So today, we want to focus on the peridot but share a little bit about both of them. Let’s start with the main one, the peridot.
The peridot is said to have magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring power, influence and good luck. It’s a gemstone that forms inside the Earth and comes to the surface with the help of volcanoes. The main source is in Hawaii but today, most of the supply comes from Arizona, China, Myanmar and Pakistan. This gemstone comes in several color variations ranging from yellowish green to brown, but most consumers are attracted to the bright lime greens and olive greens.
The Sardonyx is a form of onyx and is recognized by its layers of reddish brown and white. Ancient Greeks and Romans carried into battle talismans of sardonyx engraved with images of heroes such as Mars or Hercules, for courage and victory. Because of its attractive color, sardonyx is often used to make cameos (carved figures). This gemstone is found throughout the world. The most beautiful ones are found in India, Czechoslovakia, Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, and in the United States.
Both these gemstones symbolize the birth month of August and can be offered as a birthstone gift. These two gemstones are very precious and particularly rare, this is why August is a very good month as far as birthstones go. So if you’re looking for a special gift for someone, you should definitely consider one of these… If you can afford it!
The Bloom Showroom team