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Monday, August 01, 2016

August's Alternative Birthstone is Sardonyx

by Bonaci Fine Jewelers
Sardonyx, August's birthstone, has its beginnings in the Ancient world almost four thousand years ago. It is a combination of two stones, sard, which appears as orange and red, and onyx. The origin of the word sard is disputed. An Ancient historian, Pliny the Elder, believed the stone came from Sardis, a city in the Middle East. Today some believe it comes from the Greek word for “claw” while others believe it comes from the Persian word for “yellowish-red”.

Sard and onyx are layered, which makes sardonyx an excellent medium for carving intaglios and cameos. In Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome, sardonyx necklaces and sardonyx rings with images of a particular god carved into them was popular; it was thought that the wearer could then possess whatever special power that god had.

While sardonyx has been tradit...

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Peridot: The Perfect Summer Stone

by Bonaci Fine Jewelers
Peridot is August's birthstone and the perfect stone for summer. Peridot appears in a range of greens; each stone's unique shade is dependent on the amount of iron in the stone. Peridot which occurs as olive is considered the most valuable.

Peridot mines were first discovered on an island in the Red Sea and peridot jewelry was worn by women in Ancient Egypt and Rome; in Ancient Rome peridot necklaces and peridot earrings were so popular the peridot was nicknamed “the emerald of the evening”. In the Middle Ages, peridot rings were worn by the Catholic hierarchy because peridot became associated with moral purity. Later, once the peridot became a birthstone, it was associated with finding love.

Because peridot is now August's birthstone, peridot jewelry is the perfect gift for any loved one born in August. But th...

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