Friday, August 1, 2014

Double the Fun with August’s Two Birthstones

Amethyst Peridot Ring
Those people born in August are have double the luck, as they have not one, but two official birthstones. Learn more about the twin gemstones of August…
  • Peridot is the gem variety of the mineral olivine, and range in color from from yellow-green to lime-green.
  • Peridot is formed in magma deep in the earth’s mantle, and is brought to the surface by volcanic or tectonic activity.
  • The word 'peridot' is derived from the Greek word 'peridona,' which means 'to give richness.'
  • Peridot is also known as 'chrysolite,' derived from the Greek 'gold stone,' and 'olivine.'
  • Peridot is the stone given to celebrate a 16th wedding anniversary.
  • Peridot is an ancient gem, and can be found in Egyptian jewelry from the early 2nd millennium BC.
  • The ancient Romans called peridot “the evening emerald” because of its deep green color when reflected by lamplight.
  • Peridot is the national gem of Egypt, where it is referred to as the “gem of the sun.”
  • Sardonyx is a variation of onyx, a semiprecious stone of the silica mineral, agate.
  • Sardonyx only appears in hues of orange and red.
  • The word sardonyx is derived from Sard, meaning reddish-brown, and onyx, meaning veined gem.
  • During the Renaissance, sardonyx was often worn by public speakers to make them more visible to the audience.
  • On sardonyx gems, the layers of white, grey or black interspersed with red or reddish brown are created by layers of reddish-brown mud and layers of lava.
If you’re looking to buy as a birthday gift for a loved one born in August, or some gemstone jewelry for yourself, Adina by Empire Jewelers has a beautiful collection of estate and vintage jewelry, available at true wholesale prices. Shop online today and enjoy our vast selection of fine estate and vintage jewelry, plus watches, diamonds, gold, sterling silver, coins and more. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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