The Story of the August Birthstone

| Birthstones have existed across cultures throughout history. Often, these were attributed to significant aspects of a particular society, such as religion or custom. Modern times reflect these themes as well, as groups have updated these symbolic stones to reflect current tastes, thoughts, and trends. Join us as we examine the nature of the August birthstone.

Wear a Peridot or for thee,
No conjugal fidelity,
The August born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved alone.”
– Traditional Birthstone Poem

Modern August Birthstone

Green peridot ring on black background.

Peridot is the Modern August Birthstone

Recognized for its eye-catching and brilliant lime green glow, Peridot is the modern August birthstone in the United States. It includes varieties such as Hebei Peridot and Arizona Peridot. This gemstone is the rare gem-quality of the mineral olivine that is created deep inside the Earth. Volcanoes are the only source that brings this gorgeous gem to the planet’s surface.

Accompanying peridot, Pink Spinel is the newest addition to the modern birthstone list. It’s possible to find many colors of Spinel, or even Black Spinel! Spinel was added as an August birthstone in 2016. Frequently mistaken for other gemstones such as ruby or sapphire, many famous historical rubies turned out to be spinel gemstones.

Pink spinel pendant on black background.

Pink Spinel Necklace

Historical August Birthstone

Traditionally, Sardonyx was the traditional August birthstone. It combines the amazing alternative layers of Onyx and Sard. These are two types of layered chalcedony mineral creating the astonishing rosy zebra-like striped gemstone with white bands. A stone of strength and protection, this traditional gem shares the position with August birthstone in the modern list as well.

August Birthstone Quick Facts

• Peridot and spinel are the modern US August birthstones.
• Peridot is also known as the “the Evening Emerald.”
• Leo (7/23-8/22) features peridot as a birthstone.
• Virgo (8/23-9/22) recognizes sapphire as its birthstone.
• Sardonyx is the traditional August birthstone.

Lavender spinel rings on white background.

Lavender Spinel Rings

Your August Birthstone

Green peridot ring on black background.

Sterling Silver Peridot Ring

Birthstones were often thought to bestow luck on the wearer. They continue to be an excellent gift for lovers of jewelry and mementos. Whether you prefer traditional or modern sensibilities, birthstones are a unique way to tell a story about yourself. Which would you choose?

Explore our range of August birthstone jewelry today!