Wear a sardonyx or for thee,
No conjugal felicity;
The August-born without this stone,
`Tis said, must live unloved and lone.
(conjugal relates to marriage or the relationship between husband and wife and felicity means happiness)
Okay so I think it is safe to say that this is an awful birthstone poem and I do frown upon it! I really do not know what the “unknown author” was trying to get at when he or she wrote it, or what Tiffany & Co. were thinking when decided to include it in their 1870′s pamphlet with all the other sweet birthstone poems! I suspect that my dislike for the poem is the reason as to why I haven’t been able to locate a piece of Sardonyx jewellery for this post – which in turn is the reason for this August birthstone-blog post being a belated one. Fortunately August has two birthstones and I have indeed found a lovely piece of Peridot today to share with you:
Above is a picture of a gold and peridot necklace featuring one out of two different birthstones for August: the Peridot. You might remember that we have already made the acquaintance of this beautiful gemstone in a previous post: The dazzling gemstone Peridot. Just to refresh our memories; the peridot is associated with love, truth, faithfulness and loyalty. Furthermore it is thought to hold magical powers as well as healing properties. How lovely to have a piece of jewellery that protects against nightmares, brings you power, influence, and a wonderful year! (1)
Sardonyx, the other birthstone of August, is a form of onyx and features bands of reddish brown and white. It is believed to enhance willpower, integrity, stamina and vigor in crystal healing and it is also thought to be a stone of strength and protection. The ancient Greeks and Romans loved their sardonyx and had them engraved with images of heroes that would bring them courage and victory in battles.
The banding makes the gemstone suitable for cameos, as the dark section is often left as the background and the white part of the stone is left as the image. Sardonyx can be found in many different locations, including the US, Russia, Brazil, India, Germany and Uruguay – with the most popular stones comig from India.
I promise to take a photo of a Sardonyx as soon as I come across one, but until then you can check out these Google searches for Sardonyx and Sardonyx Cameo to get an idea of what the stone looks like.
Happy belated birthday all your lovely August children!