Traditional Birthstone: Sardonyx
Sardonyx is comprised of alternating layers of onyx and sard (two types chalcedony) to create a reddish gemstone striped with white bands. The word sardonyx is derived from the Greek words “sard” meaning “reddish brown,” and “onyx” meaning “veined gem.” It was widely used in Ancient Rome for a variety of things, from necklaces decorated with cameos of the goddess Venus (to attract luck in love), to seals and signet rings (as sealing wax does not stick to Sardonyx). Sardonyx is believed to promote happiness, confidence, optimism and self-discipline, making it a great choice for students or anyone who needs to knuckle down and get on with a big work project.
Modern Birthstone: Peridot or Spinel
Also known as Olivine, Peridot is one of the modern birthstones for August and the national stone of Egypt. It is one of only two gemstones - diamond is the other - that is formed, not in the Earth’s crust, but deeper down in the molten rock of the Upper Mantle and it is brought to the surface by the earthquakes and volcanoes. Peridot is only ever green in colour, so it is ironic that it is thought to help dispel jealousy and resentment! Perhaps because of the dramatic way in which it makes its way to the Earth’s surface, Peridot is thought to be beneficial for those wishing to break away from dependencies or destructive patterns of behaviour.
Birth Flower(s): Poppy and Gladiolus
Celtic Birth Tree(s): Hazel and Holly
Star Sign: Leo and Virgo
Inspirational people who were born in August: Maria Mitchell | Lucille Ball | Matthew Henson | Dorothy Parker