August Birthstones: Peridot, Sardonyx, and Spinel

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Originally, August only had one birthstone associated with it – sardonyx. Since then, peridot and spinel have been added to the mix, giving people born in August a multitude of birthstone color choices.

Peridot Jewelry

Peridot is the rare gem-quality variety of the common mineral olivine. It is also referred to as “the Evening Emerald” because of its sparkling green color, which sparkles brightly at any time of the day.

Ancient Egyptians called peridot the “gem of the sun,” believing it protected its wearer from evil in the night. Egyptian priests thought it could harness the power of nature, and used goblets encrusted in the gems to commune with the nature gods. Some historians even believe that Cleopatra’s famed emerald collection could have actually been peridot.

What Does Peridot Symbolize?

Some believe the word “peridot” is rooted in the Greek word peridona, which means, “giving plenty”. Perhaps this is one reason that peridot is associated with prosperity and good fortune.

Peridot is said to possess healing properties and protect against nightmares, giving the wearer peace and happiness.

Sardonyx Jewelry

Sardonyx is a reddish zebra-striped stone with white bands, which is actually alternating layers of sard and onyx – two types of mineral chalcedony. Sard ranges from yellowish red to reddish brown, while onyx gives the stone is parallel bands.

Measuring 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, sardonyx is widely available and relatively inexpensive as gems, beads, and jewelry.

What Does Sardonyx Symbolize?

Sardonyx has been used as a representation of strength and protection since ancient times. It is often associated with courage, happiness, and clear communication.

Some people believe that placing sardonyx at each corner of a house will protect against evil.

Spinel Jewelry

Often mistaken for a ruby or sapphire because of its color, spinel’s octahedral crystal structure and single refraction is what sets this gem apart from others. Regardless, throughout history, some of the most famous rubies have actually turned out to be spinel – including the “Black Prince’s ruby” and the “Timur ruby” in the Crown Jewels of England.

According to American Gem Society, “Vivid red is the most desirable color of spinel gemstones, followed by cobalt blue, bright pink and bright orange. The more affordable stones are often those with paler colors, like lavender. You may also find spinel in black, violet blue, greenish blue, grayish, pale pink, mauve, yellow or brown.”

What Does Spinel Symbolize?

Spinel is thought to bring high energy and attract money, wealth and prosperity. This gemstone is also one of the Root Chakra stones, and is thought to increase physical energy, vitality and stamina. Some believe the different colors to have different effects, but one thing that is certain is that it is truly a beautiful stone.


Are you searching for a unique piece of peridot, sardonyx, or spinel jewelry? Call Victoria Jewelers at (407) 895-0047 or contact us online today to learn more about our custom jewelry process and how we can create a beautiful piece of jewelry designed just for you.

Victoria Jewelers 8/24/2017