“Breathe the sweetness that hovers in August.” – Denise Levertov
Those fortunate enough to be born in August are able to choose between light green peridot and rich spinel as their birthstones. How lovely!
First, let's cover the more widely-known Peridot
Now, on to Spinel
Spinel comes in a variety of colors, including orange, pink, purple, and the particularly unusual black. Black spinel has become recently trendy for its unique color and resemblance to black diamonds, and that happens to be the color we use here!
There isn't much mythology about spinel because throughout history it has often been mistaken for ruby. In fact, it wasn't named a birthstone until 2016. I think that makes this stone all the more interesting- maybe we could come up with our own myths about its beauty and power!
This gem is associated with calmness and empowerment, and is believed to bring feelings of positivity to the wearer- a great combatant for those end-of-summer blues! It is also believed to inspire a sense of relaxation for those who have trouble unwinding.
Spinel is also the commemoration stone for 22nd wedding anniversary