The birthstone for August is peridot or sardonyx, the birthflower is gladioli.
Peridot forms deep in the earth, a gem-quality transparent variety of olivine, a mineral composed of magnesium-iron silicates. its name is derived from the Arabic word faridat meaning precious gemstone. It is believed to healing and harmony of relationships, bring abundance, prosperity and happiness.
The peridot was regarded since ancient times as the symbol of the sun. The Greeks believed that it brought royal dignity upon its wearer.
It is believed to healing and harmony of relationships, bring abundance, prosperity and happiness.
Sardonyx is a variety of the silica mineral called chalcedony. This sort of mineral contains translucent or opaque layers of tiny quartz fibres which are stacked on top of each other to give a banded appearance.
Sardonyx stones usually contain white and brownish-red bands. The word Sardonyx is derived from the Greek, Sard meaning “reddish brown,” and onyx meaning “veined gem.”
Sardonyx is a highly protective stone that embodies a vibration of happiness, optimism and confidence
Gladiolus is both the scientific and common name for these flowers. They are sometimes referred to a sword flowers or sword lilies due to the sword-like shape of both the foliage and the flower spike. The flower spire is said to pierce the heart of the recipient with love.
The ancient name for gladiolus was xiphium from the Greek word xiphos, meaning sword. Its name was later changed to gladiolus, which comes from the Latin word gladius, which also means sword.
The gladiolus flower symbolizes honor and remembrance, but it has other meanings too. It can also symbolize strength of character, faithfulness, sincerity and integrity, infatuation and never giving up.