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Why August Birthdays Just Got Even Better

Why August Birthdays Just Got Even Better

Let's face it: August birthdays have it pretty good. They have great weather, class is most likely not in session if they're in school, and there's a good chance they'll be on vacation for the big day. And now, there's another perk: August birthdays have a new birthstone!


As of June 2016, Jewelers of America and the American Gem Trade Association in New York added spinel (pronounced spin-ELLE) as the third birthstone for August. Peridot, a light green gem, and sardonyx are the other two August birthstones. 

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Although spinel has been around for thousands of years, it is not a widely known variety. Sometimes, spinel is even known as "the great imposter", because many people mistake spinel for ruby, most famously in the situation of the 14th century Black Prince's Ruby in the British Imperial Crown. 

Black Prince's Ruby Imperial State Crown WikipediaImperial State Crown - Black Prince's Ruby - Wikipedia


Spinel has been traditionally underappreciated, but hopefully its addition to August will change that. There are many reasons to love spinel: 

It comes in many colors: red, orange, pink, purple, blue, and black. 

8 is the Mohs Hardness Score for spinel (very hard). 

It is more affordable than diamonds, rubies, or sapphires. 

Spinel crystals are close to perfect, and in Burma they are said to be nat thwe, or "polished by the spirits". 


Custom Blue Spinel Fashion RingCustom Blue Spinel and Diamond Halo Fashion Ring


Spinel is one of our favorite gemstones here at Joseph Jewelry and we're excited to create more pieces with it. So, what are you waiting for?

Happy birthday, August babies! 

Custom Blue Spinel and Diamond PendantCustom Blue Spinel and Diamond Pendant


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