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August Birthstone Collection

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 BIRTHSTONE MEANING & HISTORY

Peridot is the yellowish green to greenish yellow gem variety of the mineral olivine. Throughout history, peridot has often been confused with other gems such as topaz and emerald. The Red Sea island of Topazios, a purported source of the name “topaz,” actually produced peridot. The Shrine of the Three Holy Kings in Germany’s Cologne Cathedral is decorated with 200 carats of gems that were believed to be emeralds but are, in fact, the August birthstone peridot. Some historians even speculate that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection may have been comprised of peridot.
 
The word “peridot” comes from the Arabic faridat, meaning gem. This August birthstone was valued in many ancient and medieval cultures. It appeared in priests’ jewelry as early as the second century BCE and later in the chalices and churches of medieval Europe. The peridot birthstone has also been used for centuries as a protective talisman, shielding the owner from evil spirits and “terrors of the night.”

Peridot is the gem given to celebrate a 16th wedding anniversary.

SPINEL BIRTHSTONE MEANING & HISTORY

The name “spinel” comes from the Latin word spina, which means thorn, in reference to the shape of spinel crystals. This second August birthstone comes in a wealth of colors: intense red, vibrant pink, orange, purple, violet, blue and bluish green.

For centuries, spinel was mistaken for other gemstones. Some of history’s most famous “rubies” have actually turned out to be this August birthstone. The approximately 170 ct Black Prince’s “ruby,” for example, was owned by a succession of Moorish and Spanish kings before Edward, Prince of Wales (also known as the Black Prince) received the stone in 1367 as payment for winning a battle on behalf of Peter of Castile. Not until the 18th century was spinel clearly separated from ruby on the basis of their chemical differences. Today, this historic red spinel is set in Great Britain’s Imperial State Crown, just above the 317.40 ct Cullinan II diamond.

Red spinel, along with other red gems, was thought to be a remedy for all types of blood loss and inflammatory diseases. The red gems were believed to ease anger and promote harmony. This August birthstone is traditionally given as a 22nd wedding anniversary gift.

SARDONYX BIRTHSTONE MEANING & HISTORY

The most ancient of the August birthstones, sardonyx is a combination of two types of chalcedony (cryptocrystalline quartz): sard and onyx. Bands of brownish red to brown to dark orange sard alternate with typically white or black layers of onyx. In ancient times, sardonyx was a popular stone for Roman seals and signet rings, as hot wax would not stick to it. For millennia, the bands of color in this August birthstone have made it a popular carving material for cameos and intaglios.

Sardonyx is believed to be one of the stones in the High Priest’s breastplate, as referred to in the Old Testament, and to represent the strength of spiritual life. Roman soldiers wore sardonyx rings with the image of Mars carved on them for protection in battle. Today, this August birthstone is associated with courage, happiness and clear communication, bringing stability to marriage and partnerships.

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    4 mm pink spinel 14kw stud earrings

    14 karat white gold 4 mm round natural pink spinel stud earrings with rhodium finish,  post and friction nuts. 

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    amethyst 4mm 14ky stud earring

    14 karat yellow gold 4 mm round peridot stud earrings with post and friction back.

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    Oval peridot 14ky gold and diamond earrings

    Oval peridots, 7 mm X 5 mm, are bar set in 14 karat yellow gold and accented with a single sparkling .04 carat diamond. The earrings are secured wi...

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    Peridot small sweep 14kw gold drop earrings

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    Peridot bezel set twist rim 14ky gold earrings

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    Peridot 5mm 14kw stud Earrings

    Peridot 5mm 14kw stud Earrings secured with friction post and backs.

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    Peridot 3mm 14kw stud Earrings

    Peridot 3mm 14kw stud Earrings secured with friction post and backs.

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    Peridot 5mm 14ky stud Earrings

    Peridot 5mm 14 karat yellow gold stud Earrings secured with post and friction backs.

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    Peridot 3mm 14ky stud Earrings

    Peridot 3 mm 14 karat yellow gold stud Earrings secured with friction post and backs.

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    2.36 carat red spinel and diamond 14k rose gold ring

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    1.95ct Peridot 14k white gold pendant

    This 14 karat white gold pendant features a colorful lime green oval checkerboard cut, 9 mm X 7 mm, 1.95 carat peridot secured in a six prong baske...

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    1.90ctw peridot earrings 14k white gold

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    .97ct. cushion Peridot with diamond 14k pendant

    This checkerboard cushion cut natural peridot weighs .97 carats, and is set in a 14 karat white gold pendant topped by a single round brilliant cut...

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    Trillion cut peridot 14k gold ring

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    Red Spinel and diamond 18k white gold ring

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    Pink spinel and diamond 14k gold pendant

    A gorgeous slightly wine colored, deep pink 1.79 carat natural cushion shaped spinel is set into this 14 karat yellow gold pendant. Eighteen sparkl...

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    7"Multi color gemstone 14k gold bracelet

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    Emerald cut 3 peridot yellow gold ring

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    Pink spinel cushion shaped white gold pendant

    An elongated cushion shaped natural pink spinel weighing 1.59 carats is set in this 14 karat white gold fleur-de-lis four prong pendant. The stone ...

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    1.3 carat Lavender spinel 14k white gold pendant

    A 1.30 carat round lavender spinel is set in this 14 karat white gold scroll design pendant. (Chain sold separately)

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    Lavender spinel diamond vintage style white gold ring

    14 karat white gold antique style filigree ring with a 1.3 carat lavender natural spinel. The spinel is flanked on either side by 3 small round bri...

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    14 karat white gold peridot ring with diamonds.

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    Vintage 14k yellow gold sardonyx ring

    A vintage estate 14 karat yellow gold cushion shaped deep brown sardonyx is bezel set in this ring. The ring shank is 4 mm in width and the ring is...

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  • White gold  pink spinel diamond halo pendant, angled top/side view.
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    18K White gold pink spinel halo diamond pendant.

    18 karat white gold pink spinel halo diamond pendant. The oval natural pink spinel measures 5.5 in length X 4.8 mm in width for an actual weight of...

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