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August Birthstones

We already know about peridot being August’s birthstone, what some don’t know is that August has a second birthstone called sardonyx. Although these stones differ from each other and are unique in their own way, they do have similar properties. Both stones were used in ancient times for protection and strength and both are said to ward off evil spirits. Peridot is also said to protect the wearer from nightmares. This stunning gem also brings power, influence and a great year. Sardonyx is believed to be one of the most holiest stones, and brings courage and happiness. Often used in the breast plates of high priests and priestesses.

Peridot comes from the gem variety of the mineral olivine, and is made from iron and magnesium. Peridot is one of the few stones that come only in one color, but it can have other tints to it depending on how much iron is in the gem. Peridot that is more of a bright yellow green means, there’s more iron, if there’s more of a brownish tint then there is less iron. Peridot can be found in some lava flows in the United States, China, Vietnam, to name a few. In rare cases peridot can come from extraterrestrial sources, sometimes contained in meteorites that have fallen to the earth.

Sardonyx has been loved for thousands of years, because of the stones fascinating colors. This gemstone is a multi-colored variety of banded onyx (a form of chalcedony quartz). Sardonyx stones are very unique, no two gems are alike, which makes it irreplaceable by any other gemstone. What also makes sardonyx unique is it is a mix of two different gemstones, onyx and sard (often mistaken for carnelian). The finest of Sardonyx, with sharp contrast between each layer, can be found in India. You can find more in Brazil, Germany, Czech Republic, the United States, and more. Sardonyx is also known to be used for cameo.

Both Peridot and Sardonyx are beautiful and unique gemstones, which bring power, courage and strength to its wearer along with many more properties. Both are said to ward off evil spirits, especially when placed in each corner of your home. Come visit us at Gemstone Jewelers today!

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