Calling all Leos to learn a few new facts related to their magnetic birth sign, the 5th sign of the zodiac. If born between July 23 and August 22, then you are a proud Leo and have as many as 9 beautiful August birthstones. Traditionally, Peridot is known as the primary birthstone for August, however, before the Gregorian calendar began in 1752, every month had ancient zodiac stones which were assigned to each zodiac sign. Let’s learn a bit more about the history and magic within a few of your zodiac gemstones: Sardonyx, Carnelian and Peridot.
Sometimes Sardonyx and Carnelian gemstones are thought of as one and the same. The reason for this is that the coloring is similar. Banded Sardonyx is a mixture of Onyx and Orange Carnelian only it is in a darker shade of orange. The meaning of the name Sardonyx comes from the ancient Turkish city named Sardis and the stone is a mixture of Onyx and Sard, which is a type of Orange Carnelian. As a mixture of Onyx and Carnelian, the stone embodies the energetic vibrations of both and becomes a helpful stone to improve relationships and attract new ones – charismatic Leos rarely need any help in that department. Sardonyx is in the quartz family with a reddish-brown color. The Romans used it in their seals as it seldom stuck to wax. Both Greek and Roman soldiers had talismans made of Sardonyx believing it would give them courage in battle and help them be victorious.
Sardonyx in Jewelry
Sardonyx is often used in jewelry settings and cameos, which are raised figurines. The most famous cameo used rare white Sardonyx placed onto black Onyx and is known as The Great Cameo of France. It used five layers of Sardonyx engraved with 24 figures upon three levels. It has survived through the centuries, although it was stolen, recovered and now has a permanent home in Paris, France in the Bibliotheque Nationale.
Meaning of Sardonyx
Sardonyx has many meanings; it can embolden its wearer with assertiveness, protect oneself and protects ones home. It is often believed to bring about stamina, vitality, willpower and integrity and is also a stone that reflects love and joy. It can help get you out of your shell and turn up that irresistible Leo charm.
Carnelian is thought to fuel passion and desire. It is also said that it attracts prosperity, new resources and good luck. It is a stone of action that stems from ancient times when used to protect the dead on their journey to the after-life. As a stone of action, it can give you the courage and confidence to move forward, accelerate motivation, clarify goals, stimulate ambition and drive. Carnelian is a good talisman to carry with you if you are launching or completing a new undertaking.
Meaning of Carnelian
Carnelian comes from the class of chalcedony quartz. We mainly see Carnelian in orange but it has shadings from bright clear orange to dark orange, and even to a reddish brown. It is believed that the darker the stone, the more powerful its vibrations and that each color of the stone impacts different chakras with the deeper red-orange aiding the sacral chakra and the pinkish orange resonating with the heart chakra. Like Sardonyx, most of the best stones come from India.
Carnelian in Jewelry
It appeals to us at Earth and Moon Design , as it is known to enhance creativity. These are a few necklaces we have in stock made using fiery Carnelian.
Peridot is the modern birthstone for August in the UK and U.S. and clearly the one most familiar to us. It is a transparent olive green stone comprised of iron and magnesium and varies from greenish yellow to bright lime to olive green. It has been revered since ancient Egypt and has become quite popular again. Today, most of the supply comes from Arizona.
It is believed to reduce stress, protect its wearer from negativity, protect against nightmares and to bring power, influence and a good year to its wearer. Peridot has strong grounding earth elements as well as cooling energies. This stone comes in handy when taming your ferocious side so your playful side can come through.
We love pairing this regal olivine stone with other gemstones and in lush color combinations:
August Birthstones: The Jewels in Your Crown
Darling Leo – we know how much you appreciate the finer things in life and who is more deserving than the kings and queens of the jungle? There is a treasure trove of zodiac stones for Leo to enjoy and we will explore all of their virtues in blogs to come.
Which August birthstone do you prefer?