August Birthstone Jewelry
You have two choices when it comes to a birthstone for those born in August, we will cover peridot and then sardonyx below.
Peridot jewelry is the traditional birthstone for August. It is a beautiful gem that comes in a yellow green color that ranges from a vibrant yellow green of springtime grasses to shade similar to 7-Up soda bottle. The stronger the green of peridot jewelry, the more valuable it is considered to be so those with that velvety green glow are especially treasured. Aside from being the birthstone for August, it is also given as a gift to celebrate 16th anniversaries. I can make set you sardonyx in your choice of sterling silver, white gold or yellow gold.
While in Hawaii the peridot is known as Pele's Tears because it is 'born of fire', in other words a volcanic stone, most peridot mined today for peridot rings, peridot pendants and other jewelry come from Native American mines in the US state of Arizona.
Peridot is known as the emotional healing stone or the 'healing for healers' gem. It is believed to dispel negativity and create emotional harmony and both intellectual and spiritual clarity within an individual. The joyful, friendly energies of peridot rings are seen as helpful soothing the ego, particular of a wounded heart. This makes a peridot men's ring especially appropriate to a man attempting to rid himself of jealousy and anger, though it works the same for women, as well. As it is a birthstone for those born in August, it is most strongly associated with Leo and Virgo.
The alternative August birthstone is sardonyx jewelry, its name coming from a pairing of the words 'onyx' the Greek word for nail (as in fingernails) and Sardis, a region in which this gem was discovered. Sardonyx rings and sardonyx pendants are popular for those who do not like the traditional peridot gem, especially the sardonyx men's ring. Sardonyx comes in three popular colors, each with a band of white that crosses through it: orange, green or black. The traditional cut for sardonyx is the cabochon, a dome-shaped style. I can set your sardonyx jewelry in sterling silver, yellow gold or white gold.
Sardonyx jewelry uses stones naturally mined and the majority of the highest quality stones come from India. This stone is not only affordable, but due to its color variety it can be made into very unique jewelry and large stones of 30x40mm are quite possible.
Sardonyx jewelry has a very long history that includes the ancient Egyptians who carved sardonyx pendants into the shape of scarabs and wore them as talismans. In Rome, sardonyx was carved with seals of Mars and other gods of war, the stones were believed to induce courage and aid in the achieving of victory. Also, a long tradition of public speakers wearing a sardonyx ring to heighten their charisma and infuse their message with potency to win over the hearts and minds of their listeners still exists today. The stone is also said to increase willpower and integrity.
The sardonyx is also believed to help against warts, boils, the 'evil eye' and is connected with the astrological sun sign of Leo, but also Virgo. Black sardonyx, in particular, is believed to act as a magnet to catch and store negative energies as a means of diverting them from the person wearing the stone.
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