Celebrate August

With Three Sparkling Gemstones

August is a special month when it comes to gemstones. Like the month of June, August has three birthstones to grace us with. Each gemstone carries a unique story filled with glamour and symbolism, making them the perfect embodiment of the captivating spirit of this summer season. Whether you were born in August and seeking to deepen your connection with your birthstone, or you’re a gemstone enthusiast eager to learn more about these precious treasures, join us as we explore the enchanting world of peridot, spinel, and sardonyx.

 The Gemstones for August  


Peridot has long been embraced as a symbol of strength and resilience. It is known for its captivating green hue and is often referred to as the “gem of the sun.” One of the unique features of Peridot is that it is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color – a vivid, lime-green to olive-green shade. This gemstone is a type of olivine mineral and is formed deep within the Earth’s mantle, brought to the surface by volcanic activity or tectonic plate movement. It is mined in volcanic areas, especially in places with basaltic lava flows and mantle rocks. The earliest source of this August birthstone is the Egyptian island of Zabargad. Today, peridot is mined in places like Pakistan, Tanzania, Vietnam, the United States, Hawaii, and China.


Spinel is believed to have various healing and metaphysical properties. Gem connoisseurs value it for its brilliance, exceptional colors, and historical charm. It is a gemstone that has often been mistaken for other precious stones throughout history due to its resemblance to rubies. Spinel is a single mineral with a cubic crystal structure, and its colors can range from intense reds, pinks, and oranges to blues, violets, and purples. The primary sources of spinel are found in different types of rock formations and mineral deposits using methods such as open-pit mining, underground mining, alluvial mining, and explosive extraction.  Spinel is found in locations such as Brazil, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Myanmar.


Sardonyx is a type of chalcedony, which is a variety of microcrystalline quartz. It is characterized by its distinct banding of colors, usually alternating shades of brownish-red or orange (sard) with white or black (onyx). Throughout history, Sardonyx has been highly regarded and used in ornamental and protective objects, as well as in personal adornment. Sardonyx is not typically mined as a separate gemstone like other minerals. Instead, it is formed as a part of larger chalcedony deposits. Chalcedony deposits are commonly found in volcanic rocks, sedimentary rocks, or as geodes in mineral-rich regions. Sardonyx can also form in silica-rich groundwater that fills cavities in rocks, eventually forming concentric bands of different colors. Sardonyx is found in places such as Brazil, Germany, Uruguay, the United States, Czechoslovakia, and Madagascar.

Fast Facts About Peridot Gemstones

  • Peridot is the gemstone that commemorates the sixteenth year of marriage, representing the enduring bond of a couple’s love.
  • Peridot is often regarded as a stone of abundance, bringing prosperity and good fortune to its wearer.
  • Once a peridot-bearing rock is removed from the earth, it undergoes several stages to extract the gemstones. These stages may involve crushing, sorting, and cleaning the ore to separate the peridot from the host rock and other impurities.
  • Peridot is believed to possess strong protective qualities, shielding the wearer from negative energies, and promoting harmony and emotional well-being.
  • Some historians suggest that peridot might have been a component of Cleopatra’s renowned emerald collection.

Fast Facts About Spinel Gemstones

  • Traditionally, this birthstone for August is given as a 22nd wedding anniversary present.
  • Throughout history, some of the most famous gems thought to be rubies, were actually spinel stones instead. For example, the Black Prince’s ruby in Great Britain’s Imperial State Crown, was later discovered to be a red spinel. It’s a 170-carat gem!
  • Spinel remained relatively underrated for many years, often overshadowed by other gemstones. However, it has gained increasing recognition and appreciation more recently. Spinels are actually rarer than rubies!
  • Be on the lookout for spinel lookalikes – synthetic spinel is quite popular and can trick many people.
  • Similar to diamonds, spinel can often crystallize in flawless octahedral crystals. An octahedron is a three-dimensional geometric shape that bears a resemblance to two four-sided pyramids fused together at their base points.

Fast Facts About Sardonyx Gemstones

  • Ancient civilizations believed that Sardonyx possessed protective properties and could bring courage, strength, and good fortune to its wearer.
  • It was often used to create signet rings, cameos, and amulets in ancient Roman and Greek cultures.
  • Practitioners of yoga have discovered its ability to aid in meditation practices, promoting a deeper and more focused state of mind.
  • The layers of sard and onyx in sardonyx can give it a zebra striped appearance.
  • Sardonyx is mentioned in various religious texts, and the Book of Revelation in the Bible cites it as the initial foundation stone of New Jerusalem’s walls.

August is an exciting month if you love gemstones! As mentioned above, each gemstone possesses its own unique beauty and symbolism, as well as a rich tapestry of historical significance. Whether peridot, spinel, or sardonyx – these beauties are cherished by both gemstone enthusiasts and jewelry aficionados alike. Looking for a one-of-a-kind peridot, spinel, or sardonyx item? You can count on us. With an extensive and exclusive selection of gemstones and fine jewelry, Munchel’s Fine Jewelry can help you eliminate the guesswork and find the perfect piece.

About Munchel’s Fine Jewelry

Munchel’s Fine Jewelry Inc. is a family owned and operated business. We have been proudly serving Central Florida with quality jewelry and services for over three decades. Our commitment and dedication to our customers is what sets us apart. We offer a large selection of jewelry and collectible items, including coins, watches, lockets, and necklaces. In addition, we also buy, sell, and trade many types of timeless pieces. For more information, please contact us at (863) 619-6269 or visit our website at Munchels.com/.

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