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Sunday, August 28, 2011

August Birthstones

There are several possible birthstone choices for the month of August:   peridot, carnelian, sardonyx,  diamond, or sapphire - the choice depends on which "birthstone list" you are reading!   Personally, I really like all of the possible choices, so let me tell you a little bit about each one, then you can decide which you like the best. 

Peridot is an ancient gemstone with a rich bright yellow green color.    It's a fairly hard stone.  Peridot is thought to attract love and to soothe the nerves.

Carnelian is another ancient stone - known and used since Biblical times.   Carnelian is a form of chalcedony.  The red color comes from iron impurities.   Carnelian is thought to increase energy and to protect the wearer from evil.

Sardonyx is a banded stone known from ancient times and occuring in either red/white or black/white. 

Sapphire - Blue sapphire is the most popular color, but sapphires occur in a wide range of colors from colorless to pink, also purple , yellow, orange, brown, and even green.

Diamond is the hardest of known stones and the rarest.  diamonds are available in a wide assortment of colors and colored diamonds are very popular right now.  Diamond is thought to encourage hope and to promote healing.
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