august birthstones

August Birthstones

Peridot, Spinel and Sardonyx are the birthstones for August. Join us as we explore each of these stunning stones in more detail....


Peridot is one of the very few stones that occurs naturally in only one hue; green. The intensity of the tint depends on the amount of iron contained in its structure.

Colour can vary from yellow and lime green through to olive and brownish green.

Peridot is a cheerful and uplifting stone that has protective and powerful qualities.

It is said to promote abundance, prosperity and happiness bringing wealth and wellbeing into your life.

The stone dates back to ancient Egypt and was coveted by Cleopatra who wore it for its striking beauty and to ward off evil spirits.

Formed from the intense inferno of volcanoes, some peridot is ancient: it's found in pallasite meteorites, remnants of our solar system's birth.


Sardonyx is an intriguing stone combining alternate layers of onyx and sarad creating a zebra striped stone with white bands.

The word Sardonyx comes from the Greek word 'sard' meaning “reddish brown,” and onyx meaning “veined gem.

Ranging in colour from yellowish red to reddish brown, the stone is often confused with carnelian. 

Sardonyx is found in India, Brazil, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Madagascar, Uruguay and the United States. 

Sardonyx is a stone of strength and protection and is associated with courage, happiness and clear communication.


Often mistaken for ruby, spinel is available in an array of colours, from orange and red, pink, purple, and blue through to bluish green.

Red and pink spinels are the result of chromium. The higher the level of chromium, the more intense the colour red. Orange and purple spinels are created from a combination of iron and chromium.

Spinel has a wonderful sparkle, brilliance and hardness that has a similar structure to ruby.

Found in many of the same locations as ruby, the two stones have often been confused, however, ruby is the result of aluminium oxide and spinel, magnesium aluminium oxide.

Spinel is said to be a revitalising stone that can help relieve stress and anxiety. 

If you are seeking a piece of jewellery containing one of the stunning birthstones for August, either Peridot, Sardonyx or Spinel, visit us at 24 St Quentin Avenue Claremont, Perth today to view our range. 

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