Most know that Peridot is the birthstone for August. But does everyone know that the green gem was not the original jewel associated with the month. Probably not! Before Peridot was dubbed the primary birthstone, August babies treasured the Sardonyx.
A little bit about Sardonyx: The red stone is beautifully striped with white bands, and ranges from yellowish red to reddish brown. It’s a stone of strength, and is associated with happiness and courage. They are typically found in cameos and brooches.
A little bit about Peridot: Peridot is widely known for it’s olive, limey-green hue, and that’s about it. Unlike other gems — like rubies and sapphires — the Peridot only comes in one color. (So, you’ll never mistake it for any other jewel!) It has been known to have healing powers to fight off evil, and brings good fortune to those who wear it. Let’s take a look at some of the ways these stunning gems are incorporated into charming, understated jewelry.
All The Green
We like the Peridot in it’s simplest and daintiest form. Stack the raw gem with a few other delicate necklaces (in simple gold or different colors), or wear a tiny Peridot ring without anything else on your fingers. A little bright green goes a long way!
Red and White for the Win
Sardonyx is mainly found in bead form to show off it’s brilliant striped qualities. (If these necklaces are fighting evil, we’ll take two.) They can also be found in a ton of vintage jewelry as well. Check out this killer gold snake ring from the 1960s.