August Birthstone: History, Meanings, and Benefits


Birthstones are the gemstones that accompany a birth month, each stone contain a unique meaning and historical significance. The popularity of birthstones dates back to ancient times when civilizations believed that gemstones had incredible powers such as luck, health and prosperity. Traditionally, every month is connected with a single gemstone. That means august is associate with its own gemstone.

August is the month that claims two birthstones; Peridot and Spinel. Peridot, with green in color, is believed to instill power and influence in the wearer. Spinel is available in various colors and is believed to protect the owner from harm and soothes away sadness.

Astrologists link peridots with the month of August and the star sign of Leo. Furthermore, international gem associations officially declare it as the best gemstone gift for 16th wedding anniversaries. Some also say that peridot has its super powers. For precedent, you can wear as your birthstone. Maximum legend says it can attract love and harmonious relationships into your life. Some are also believe the gemstone alleviates stress, sadness, anger and makes you the best person with more patient, happy and confident.



August Birthstone History

The principal source of peridot olivine today is the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona. It is also mined at another location in Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, and New Mexico at Kilbourne Hole, in the US; and in Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, Mayanmar (Burman), Norway, Kashmir, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.  The largest cut peridot olivine is a 310 carat (62 g) specimen in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.

Color of August Birthstone

Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color: green. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on the percentage of iron that is contained in the crystal structure, so the color of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow, to olive, to brownish-green. 

Peridot, the birthstone for August, has historic "powers" for healing and warding off nightmares. Formed deep within Earth, this gem is brought to the surface in many ways, but most commonly due to volcanic eruptions. The lime green color is the most traditional representations of this gem and can be seen in necklaces, beads, and more!

Durability of the August Birthstone

Peridot Hardness

According to the Mohs hardness the peridot hardness ranges from 6.5 - 7. The toughness of this gemstone ranges from fair to good. This puts the August gemstone in the field of durability slightly below quartz. This means that peridot jewelry is great for earrings, necklaces, and pendants, even when they are worn as everyday jewelry without worrying much about damages while need to be more careful when made for ring jewelry.

Peridot Stability

Peridot does not do well on uneven or rapid heat. It is perfect to light but can easily get damaged by sulphuric acid and hydrochloric acid. Also, it can be damaged by acid perspiration over a long period of time.

Benefits of Peridot:
  1. Peridot is believed to have a calming effect on the wearer. It also brings happiness and warmth in the wearer life. 
  2. Peridot helps to increase strength and reduce their anxiety.
  3. When you used as a Peridot necklace, the necklace become a shield against negative power.
  4. Peridot help people in understanding relationships and their values.
  5. Peridot was used to balance energy and stimulate rebirth and renewal.
  6. When worn as an amulet, Peridot stones are believed to be good for asthma and sinus.

Peridot Jewelry as Gifts

The stone Peridot with its unique citrus green color that not found in any other stones offers incredible sparkle, therefore, a great gift for any gemstone lovers.  Also its attractive background makes it exceptionally special and significant for August birthdays and 16th wedding anniversaries. This awesome bright olive-green stone looks beautiful in precious metals, gold, silver, Palladium, and Platinum. Reputed to inspire eloquence, creativity and to bring delight weather in the form of earring, bracelet, necklace and ring, we recommend this August birthstone jewelry for a fresh and playful color to your August outfit.


    Meet the New August Birthstone: Spinel

    If you were born in the month of August, you are most likely a Leo or (for those born after August 23), a Virgo. You have also been long accustomed to your birthstone being the light green Peridot.  Spinel is a relative new birthstone for August.

    Spinel comes in a wide range of colors. It is most frequently found in a ruby red or dark pink color, although there are other hues that range from mauve to lavender, pink, orange and pale blue or gray to deeper shades. The most desired color is vivid red, followed by cobalt blue, bright pink, and bright orange. Other shades such as lavender, gray, black, greenish-blue, and yellow are less expensive. Today, spinel is mined in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Rare cobalt blue spinel gemstones are only found in Sri Lanka. Centuries ago, the spinel was sometimes erroneously said to ruby because of its likeness in color. Such is the case with the Black Prince Ruby that is on the British Imperial State Crown. Most recently a rare 50.13-carat rose-hued spinel, the Hope Spinel, sold at auction for $1.4 million.

    Meet the New August Birthstone: Spinel

    Spinel is highly brilliant and sparkly when polished and is a relatively affordable gemstone. With a variety of vivid colors and brilliant cut measuring 8 on the Mohs scale, spinel is a very versatile gem for everyday wear and has made its way to become the top choice for durable august birthstone jewelry.

    Spinel was believed in ancient times to protect people from harm and to soothe away sadness. Different colors of spinel have different properties and offer various benefits. Vivid red spinel signifies vitality and promotes harmony. Red spinel was also a remedy for blood loss and inflammatory diseases. Softer colors offer calming energy, renewal, healing, and stress relief. Green and pink spinel are associated with love and compassion. Violet spinel is ideal for spiritual development, and yellow spinel aids the intellect.

    Spinel Durability

    • Because of its MOHS hardness scale sits at an 8 so stones are harder than Sapphires, Rubies and Diamonds. The stone is extremely resistant to scratching. The stone is perfect and durable enough to be considered for an engagement ring!

    Tips for Buying Spinel

    • Spinel has become one of the most popular gemstones. Its sparkle and range of colors and shapes make it an exciting choice for jewelry. Gray and black Spinel create a sparkly contrast when paired with white gems such as diamonds or white sapphires. 
    • Look for lively, sparkly gems with no visible inclusions. Spinel is not usually treated. Synthetic spinel is commonly available. 
    • Trending spinel shapes are octagons, trillions, squares, fancy pears, and ovals. Faceting brings out the sparkle. Tiny beads strung as strands and tassels are a pretty fashion look.

    How to Care for Spinel

    Measuring 8 on the Mohs scale, Spinel is not quite as hard as sapphire and ruby, but it is suitable for everyday wear. Remove your spinel jewelry when you are going to do heavy work or physical activity. Store it separate from other jewelry pieces that may catch or scratch it. Wash with warm soapy water, rinse, and air dry. 

    Lireille offers a wonderful selection of gorgeous August birthstone jewelry to match your personal style. Visit our store in Oakland to check out our collections or create your own personalized designs. Whether you are shopping for the perfect gift for someone special or treating yourself to a fabulous piece, we can help.

    Check Some August Birthstone Jewelry Collection


    Designer: Katie Porterela




    Ophelia Earrings set with White Topaz, Peridot and Labrodorite

    Designer: Katie Porterela




    Folded Ring with Peridot

    Designer: Lori Swartz




    Large Off Round Earrings with Peridot


    Designer: Lori Swartz




    Bangle with peridot


    Designer: Lori Swartz




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