August Birthstone: Peridot

Happy Birthday to all the August babies!

Many people born in August have the astrological sign Leo. Leos are known for being ruled by their hearts; love conquers all for this sign. Your charisma and positive outlook bring an abundance of friends and good fortune to your life. The Leo is a born leader who goes through life with a great sense of humor.
Two birthstones are available for August birthdays: Peridot and Sardonyx

Peridot is one of the oldest known gemstones. This stone is said to host magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, and a wonderful year. Peridot was very popular in Ancient Rome and was known as “the gem of the sun” because it was believed that it had the power to ward off darkness. 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.

Sardonyx is a form of onyx and is recognized by its layers of reddish brown and white banding. It was popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans who carried into battle talismans of sardonyx engraved with images of heroes such as Mars or Hercules, believing that this would bring courage and victory. Because of its attractive banding, sardonyx has long been used to fashion cameos (carved raised figures) and intaglios (the reverse of cameos). This gemstone is found throughout the world. The most attractive specimens are found in India, but material also is mined in Czechoslovakia, Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, and in the United States.

Celebrities with August Birthdays: Kate Beckinsale, Ben Affleck, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Robert Dinero and Coco Chanel

Birthstone jewelry for August or any month of the year is available at all Long’s Jewelers locations.

Partial information was sourced from the American Gem Society.