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Birthstones for the Month of August from Traditional Birthstones to Non-traditional Choices

Updated on February 3, 2013
Peridot and Quartz Bracelet
Peridot and Quartz Bracelet | Source
Peridot
Peridot | Source

Why We Have Birthstones

Birthstones have been gifted to a child after it is born for centuries. Birthstones are said to protect the wearer, ward off evil spirits, have mystical properties and aid in health. The origin of the birthstone can be traced back to biblical times. The bible cites references to birthstones mounted on the breast plate of Aaron. The breast plate is adorned with twelve stones symbolizing the zodiac signs and the twelve tribes of Israel.

It was common for people to wear the stone that represented the ascending sign of the zodiac along with a combination of other stones depending on what they were trying to heal or attract with the stones. It was not until the 16th century that birthstones were worn by themselves according to the zodiac sign a person was born under. Thanks to gem traders in Poland at this time, wearing only one stone instead of many became fashionable. Birthstones are different based on zodiac sign, birth month and Ayurvedic tradition.

The modern birthstone chart was assembled in the early 1900's. The modern birthstone chart was put together by the jeweler's association. The modern chart was a way to assign birthstones based on their commercial availability to the public.


Peridot Cluster
Peridot Cluster | Source

Birthstones for August

Birthstones for August do not only include the peridot. There is a zodiac birthstone, mystical and an Ayurvedic stone as well as an assigned guardian angel for August who has a stone as a talisman. The traditional birthstone is peridot, the mystical birthstone is diamond and the Ayurvedic stone for August is the sapphire. The zodiac stone is onyx if you are a Leo and carnelian if you are a Virgo.

Your guardian angel, if you are an August baby is Hamaliel, the Angel of Logic. Hamaliel is a luminous angel presiding over the sign of Virgo. Hamaliel increases our ability to think in a logical manner. He instructs us and follows us with perseverance through our mistakes until we successfully complete our goals or journey. The talisman assigned to Hamaliel is the stone Blue Topaz which aids in clarity, communication and equal judgement.

Peridot

Peridot will protect a wearer against nightmares, bring about power and influence and put the wearer in line for having a great year. Peridots are found deep in the earth, brought to the earth's surface occassionaly be way of volcanoes and and Hawaiians relate the peridot to the goddess, Pele, of fire and volcanoes. Most commercial peridots today come from Arizona. Besides the sought after bright color green common in today's peridots, they can be also found in hues of yellowish-green to brownish-green.

Diamond

One of the hardest substances found in nature, the diamond is four times harder than a ruby. The Ancient Greeks believed that a fire of a diamond represented ever lasting love.They also believed that they were splinters from the stars and tears of the gods. Diamonds were worn into battle for protection and strength. A diamond is said to protect from evil especially demons and will bring the wearer great wealth. Louis IX, King of France in the 13th century proclaimed diamonds could only be worn by kings. As mining techniques improved, the diamond became more readily accessible.

Sapphire

The sapphire represents wisdom, faith and loyalty. Ancient peoples thought the sapphire to protect against poisoning and envy. It was ground to a pulp and ingested to aid in colic, mental illness and to cure eyesight. A gift of Sapphire represents sincerity and faithfulness. As nourishing to the soul as gazing up at the sky on a summer day. Sapphire is the mineral corundum as is the stone ruby. A sapphire comes in every color besides blue and, of course, found in the color red it is a ruby!

Onyx

Onyx is the stone of self control and self mastery. It aids determination and is used as a grounding stone. Grounding stones are beneficial to those letting go of the past. Onyx can help a person align themselves with higher powers while deflecting negativity. Not a healing stone rather it typically repels negative energy, however, it may be helpful in alleviating tooth pain, bones, bone marrow, blood disorders, feet, glaucoma, epilepsy, and cell damage.

Carnelian

Carnelian is the stone of confidence and action, it relates to the second chakra. Carnelian is a powerful stone for focusing, realization and self-actualization. The stone reminds one to always be in the moment. Carnelian is a survivor’s stone. Carnelian will protect the wearer or user from all negative emotions. It is reddish orange in color. It cleanses blood, kidneys, stimulates appetite, sexuality, physical energy, and the reproductive system. It can alleviate menstrual cramps, arthritis, and gall stones. Helps with asthma, allergies, and blood pressure while it may also relieves lower back pressure and pain.

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