August Birthstones Leo

August Birthstones: Calling All Leos

Roslyn Gemstones, Birthstones & Zodiac Signs Astrology

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.

About Sardonyx

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

5 layered Sardonyx cameo circa 23AD

Cameo composed of rare white Sardonyx, circa 23AD

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.

 

About Carnelian

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.

About Peridot

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.August Birthstone: Cut Gemstone Peridot

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?

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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. Peridot is a favorite gemstone of mine, Roslyn for all the attributes that you described in the post. I’m just wondering, being a Fire Sign, perhaps it works well for Aries too? Off to investigate. We do have quite a few high quality gemstones in India used to improve our luck, health and wealth according to Vedic Astrology.

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      Vatsala Shukla, I was curious what information you would add. As we dove into the topic we could have gone on in depth for pages. Over time, we will return and cover ancient Zodiac birthstones, signs, meanings, gemstones. The field is endless. Would you like to write a blog for us on Vedic Astrology as a guest blogger?

      1. Can I share a little secret, Roslyn. I look forward to your blog posts and am always curious about what I will learn each week. 🙂 Peridot and Green Jade are often used as a substitute for certain Moon Signs and as a remedy in place of Emeralds. I’d love to do a guest blog and share what I have gleaned over the years thanks to my curiosity.

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          Vatsala Shukla, We would love to have you do a guest blog. The timing is perfect as we are working on an editorial calendar now thru the holidays. Could you give us an idea of what topic you want to cover, so we can see where it would fit in best Would you have images for it?

  2. I LOVE learning about all the different properties of gem stones, especially their history and healing powers. Now if Carnelian was a different colour, then I’d be all over it 🙂 I’m very interesting in knowing if you combined the different stones, could you customize the healing power? for example, if you combined Carnelian with another stone which reduces stress, still allowing you to be creative?

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      Gisele Grenier, thank you for the question. You can absolutely use different stones together and gain from their combined beneficial properties. Some stones are especially effective when used together. For instance, sodalite is a gemstone that helps to relieve stress, it is a calming stone that helps to clear your head of confusion. It is especially useful with creative types because it balances mental and spiritual energies so that creatives visions can be realized. We combined Carnelian and Sodalite in our “Loretta” Necklace : https://earthandmoondesign.com/shop/etherea/loretta-30-inch-semi-precious-red-and-blue-necklace/
      Other stress reducing gemstones are aventurine, black onyx, black tourmaline, lapis, chrysocolla, rose quartz, citrine or snowflake obsidian. You may find the perfect gemstone combination in a necklace or custom order a necklace combining these stones. Alternatively, can carry any of these healing stones with and simply rub them if you are feeling stressed or looking to spark your creativity.
      As orange isn’t your favorite color, you might wish to explore the many other creativity stones. We’ll list a few here in other hues there are many more. Feel free to contact us if you want to customize a necklace combining gemstones.
      Amethyst is a potent stone for creativity and one of our personal favorites. The beautiful purple gemstone helps us to visualize, create and invent. Ametrine, a combination of amethyst and citrine, does as well.
      Azurite is a blue-green stone which stimulates an increase in communication skills, intuition,creativity, and inspiration. Howlite is a white gemstone that is great stone to have when trying to achieve artistic goals or when working on an artistic project. Good luck!

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  3. Interesting information, I have never really been into birthstones or astrological signs but when I first look at the Peridot stone it did remind me of Jade.

    I spent a fair amount of time in the Bahamas years ago and I would usually go through several of the Jewelry stores and they all had these remarkable stones. They were of various sizes all uncut, you picked your stone then told them what you wanted it set in like a ring for example and if time permitted you had yourself a custom piece.

    You would general get a little history on the stone.

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      Thanks Joe for your comment. Jewelry stores specialize in gemstones and customizing. Rarely do they feature beaded jewelry which is what we do. We do customize as well and work more with semi precious stones that have been made into beads.

  4. Another excellent post Roslyn on the meaning and history involved in gemstones. I actually quite like the colours of Sardonyx and Carnelian but I have always been partial to orange. Interesting powers in both of these stones over history and still relevant today I think. The Cameo you have pictured is a fantastic piece of work and a credit to the artisans of the time. Thanks for the history lesson on these and I look forward to learning more about other gems and stones. Cheers, Ian

  5. Although I don’t really love the color green, I do love what Peridot stands for. I think we could all wish we were born in August. 🙂 Thanks for explaining all the history. I love reading your posts because I always learn so much.

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      Appreciate your comment Julie Latz. I too am not a lover of green other than it represents nature and all that Peridot stands for. It is interesting how none of the information we are covering ever showed up in history class.

  6. I had no idea that August had other birthstones besides Peridot! My daddy is an August baby – In fact, today is his 81st birthday!
    I will ask Mom if she has ever heard of Carnelian or Sardonyx. I have seen these types of cameos before but never knew what kind of stone(s) were in them… So informative, Roslyn!
    You always have the neatest info for us so I always am learning about new things – things I didn’t know that I didn’t know HAHA! Love it!
    I have to say, I’m impressed with you, anybody who works hard to really be knowledgeable not just about her craft, but about the materials involved — is just a WINNER in my book!

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      Ah, Thank you, Coach Natalie Palombi, Your response warms muy heart and brought a smile to my face. Like your field of exercise, you build upon a foundation. We always knew about our materials for our jewelry design and blogging opened up more areas for all to learn about. So glad you enjoyed this. PS. Wish Dad a great 81st happy birthday and many more healthy years to come.

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      Welcome to our blog, Blue Giraffe. Peridot looks a lot like Jade. There is so much info to check into beforeyou look for jewelry. If interested in a beaded necklace with Peridot beads, we can customize one for you

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      Thanks, Deb Nelson, Seems we have been generating a series of fun posts recently. Our readers do seem to appreciate history and facts and we love this style t weave our jewelry into the story, so to speak.

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  7. Loved learning all about the history of each stone. My middle daughter is a Leo and you described her perfectly. I definitely think I need to get her a peridot stone for those wild Leo moments…lol

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  8. It’s all making sense to me now, Roz. I’m a Leo and my favourite colour has been deep orange -Carnelian!

    My friend’s birthday is Sept 17th or Virgo, I think. Any insights there? Perhaps you can FB me a few photos?

    I love your blogs.

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      Thanks Varina for your comment. Yes, each month has 2 Zodiac signs depending on your exact date of birt and they overlao into the following month. Glad you learned something new.

  9. I appreciate so much of your extensive research on the meanings of the birthstones suggested. Also, your post explains the history involved. This research is intended for all Leos. What nice necklaces you have made! Your creativity speaks for the well-crafted necklaces.

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  10. My oldest daughter is a Leo… we had always gotten her Peridot stones in jewelry and such… not as much of a fan of green, but it could look pretty, like the big peridot stone above… not too fond of the orangey/brown one though. While the necklaces are gorgeous, not my color.. or my daughter’s for that matter. You still do great work Roz! 😉

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      Kristen Wilson, one of the reasons we create so many different necklaces and styles is what you said. We all like different colors or stones. Thanks for appreciating our designs.

  11. I knew about peridot but not the other two. They are all lovely…and are great fits for all the Leos in my family. I didn’t know they came from Arizona. I always learn something from you!

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      Jackie Harder, seems Peridot is so well known and popular for August birthstone, that many were unaware of the others. All months have more than 1 birthstone, but one is often dominant.

  12. August is my birthday month so I’m Leo. It’s good timing to read this blog post! I didn’t know there are such things called birthstones…. Sorry but I moved here in Canada 6 years ago and I didn’t hear about birthstones in Japan. It’s very interesting stories of each stone and they are very beautiful 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing and I always enjoy reading your blogs. Thanks!

  13. I need some Peridot stat!!!! I want all of the powers you listed that it has 🙂 Can you get it to me by 9 am tomorrow? Ugh…it’s not going to be a good day for reasons I can’t even begin to explain so please send whatever positive energy from it via cyberspace…muchas gracias!!!!!!

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      Beth Blacker, I can only hope that you managed to find exactly what you needed without the protection from Peridot. I have a feeling we will read about your latest battle in a blog. I believe you triumphed.

  14. Roslyn, another awesome post! I had no idea Peridot was not the true birthstone of August. My mom’s birthday is Aug 31, so she’s a Virgo – however, she hated the Peridot, well, not hate, she wasn’t fond of it. I think she would have found this information as interesting as I did; and I KNOW she’d love your jewelry! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your talent!

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      Tamara MacDuff, thank you for your comment. We will be writing a blog for Virgo’s soon. What I loved learning was that there are several birthstones for almost every month. Too bad most people don’t know they have a choice.

  15. I am a proud Leo. How wonderful reading all the great information you have about us. There are times when you read something and it comes just when you need it. Well, is one of those times. Fortunately Tucson is the place where they have the largest gem and mineral show each year. Looks as though I know what I’m doing this afternoon… gem hunting!!

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  16. I love peridot birthstone. It’s one of my favorite stones. I didn’t realize that it “reduce stress, protect its wearer from negativity, protect against nightmares and to bring power, influence and a good year to its wearer.” Very cool. I have to wear my stone more often. =) Thanks for sharing.

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      Appreciate your enthusiasm Susan Mary Malone. Beth created the tiger’s eye and peridot just for a Leo. Hope many shares will help it find a perfect home.

  17. As an Aquarian, Leo is my opposite sign. Although I find the properties of these stones fully align with me, I rarely wear these colours in my jewelry. My daughter wears a lot more, what I call ‘earth tones’, so would resonate with these stones. The history is always interesting and of course, the healing properties speak to me. Although I’ve heard of Carnelian and Periodot, I am not sure I knew about Sardonyx before. Interesting history and of course we would recognize it in all the cameos we have seen in our lives! Lovely jewelry pieces you featured in this piece.

    1. Appreciate your comment and compliment. I’ m sure many of the Zodiac stones are less familiar to the general population than traditional birthstones. Often we get into a pattern of wearing certain colors. You might try mixing it up.

  18. This was such an interesting post. Love what I learn reading these, even the comments taught me more. I’m a Virgo but the Carnelian appeals to me, especially the way you’ve showcased it in Pippa. Have to be impressed with The Great Cameo of France – all that intricate work and layers, amazing.

  19. Thanks for introducing me to Sardonyx and its history. I wasn’t previously familiar with that one. I’ve always been a fan of carnelian though. I love it, particularly for smooth beaded works. I’ve seen some lovely rosaries done in carnelian.

  20. I have so many Leos and August babies in my family — a brother, my mom and sister, and at least one cousin. Leos are great people and I love the peridot. Didn’t realize there was a sardonyx; thanks for that information!

  21. Oh, Roslyn, don’t make me choose – that’s pure torture for a Gemini like myself, especially one who loves all the beautiful stones and gems. I’ll go with Sardonyx for its intriguing name, Carnelian for its fire, and Peridot just because green is a favorite color. So I wimped out on the question. Or maybe I just danced around it, just like a Gemini. Heck, we even have the word gem in our the name of our sign – what did you expect? Lol.

    1. Appreciate your clever response Reba. Since watching your ‘Paint yourself into the Picture’ videos, I see you always wear lovely jewelry. So I suspect you know a thing or two about gemstones and are a lady who enjoys dressing in jewelry. Great catch to pick up on the gem in Gemini.

  22. Oh, Roslyn… your posts are always so information. I look forward to them every week. Although I love stones and crystals, I don’t wear much jewelry.

    As for choosing a favorite Leo stone? I love the peridot. Your weekly education must be working: I’m picturing it with amber and amethyst… and drooling.

    xo

  23. Roslyn, thank you for this lovely insight. I found it quite enjoyable to read even though my birth month is not August. Love your gem and crystal details. I love crystals and gems. xoxo

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  25. Roz, did not encounter any peridot until recently. I inherited a peridot ring from a friend who had passed. Your comment about its reverence for the ancient Egyptians made sense, as she was an avid Egyptian researcher. All the other qualities also matched her personality. I can now appreciate the stone in a new way. Thank you for taking such care to explain the beauty and meaning behind these stones.

    1. You are so welcome Joyce Hansen and we appreciate you sharing your personal story. So often we inherit a piece of jewelry without knowing the background of the piece or the special meaning it may have had for the owner. So glad we could add to your pleasure of it.

  26. Wow Roz – that Calista necklace is stunning! I’ve always liked Tigers Eye – and the brown and green colors together on the necklace make it seem elegant and earthy at the same time. I really think it’s one of your best! (And that’s saying something)

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