The August birthstone is peridot. This birthstone is a unique greenish hue - from lime green to olive, and even a deeper brown, it's hard to mistake peridot once you know it. This birthstone is said to bring good luck and peace to anyone who wears it. Symbolic of Pele, the goddess of fire, peridot forms deep in the earth and is brought to the surface by volcanoes. Unique and enchanting, now you can wear it as an accessory too.
According to some sources, sardonyx and spinel are also August birthstones. However, only peridot is the traditional stone for this month.
Birthstones are gems and other minerals that are associated with a month. This is a tradition that dates back to Biblical times, and through history it was customary to wear the stone associated with the current month during that time, then switch to the next birthstone during the next month. In addition, this was before stones could be identified as precisely as they can be today, so the identities of some of the original stones are unknown. It's only in the last century that the current list has been standard, and since then, it has been more appropriate to wear your birthstone all year 'round.
Learn more about birthstones and gemstone cleaning and care on our gemstone guide!
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