Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August Birthstones

Birthstones-Month of August

Wear a Sardonyx or for thee,

No conjugal felicity;

The August-born without this stone,

`Tis said, must live unloved and lone.


~ Tiffany & Co. published this poem and others for each month in a pamphlet dated 1870. The author or authors are unknown.

From left to right: Sardonyx Cabochon, Raw Sardonyx, a carved Sardonyx cameo, sardonyx beads

Sun Signs of Leo (Onyx, Tourmaline) and Virgo (Carnelian, Jasper, Jade, Sapphire)

15th-20th Century: **Sardonyx, Carnelian, Moonstone, Topaz
U.S. 18th-19th centuries: **Sardonyx, Peridot
U.S. 20-21st centuries: (*modern)- Peridot
Britain: **Sardonyx
Hindu: Ruby

From left to right: emerald cut Peridot, Raw Peridot, cut Peridot oval, Peridot briolette beads

*The American, National Association of Jewelers met in Kansas and officially adopted a list which was and is used as the “modern” version of birthstones with very limited changes.

** Sardonyx is also known by several other names, determined usually by color. Onyx (black), Carnelian (red), agate (numerous colors). 

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  1. Love the Tiffany poem ~ Fascinating marketing!
    All the same, such beautiful green gemstones!

  2. Tiffany is an expert at that! :)
    I have the rest do the Monty's as well and look forward to revealing them each month.


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