Meet the Newest August’s Spinel Birthstone - You Won't Believe Its Stunning Qualities!

Everyone knows that each month has its own birthstone/s and many of you may know what they are. Those of you familiar with August’s birthstones are aware that peridot, Sardonyx, and Spinel August birthstones represent the summer month, with the latter stone being the original birthstone and the former being added later on before becoming the month’s primary birthstone.

What you may not know is that August is now joining June and December by being the only months with three assigned birthstones. The modern birthstone list was created in 1912 by the American National retail Jewelers Association (or the JA) and has only been through two changes in the past century. This latest change marks the third alteration ever made to the 104-year-old list.

Tanzanite & Spinel Diamond Ring, SKU 2915R (4.95Ct TW)
A 4.95Ct TW Tanzanite & Spinel Diamond Ring

About Spinel

Gemstone lovers who are fond of rubies and sapphires will take to spinel, as it is a stone that is often mistaken for those precious gems. Many famous rubies actually turned out to be spinel. Though the color can be very similar, the octahedral structure and single refraction set it apart from its precious superiors.

Additionally, while both rubies and sapphires rank 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness (right after the diamond’s 10 ranking), spinel ranks lower. Spinel is mainly mined in Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. Red is the most desired color for spinel but the blue, pink, and orange varieties are popular as well.

16.44 carat, Spinel, Oval Shape, AGL, SKU F1644

A gorgeous 16.44 carat  Spinel, oval shaped stone

Like all colored gemstones, the more intense the hue, the more intense the price. Therefore you will get better deals on paler hues such as lavender, pale pink, and mauve. Spinel is considered better quality when there are no apparent inclusions. Oval, pear, cushion, square round, trillion, and octagon are some of the most common shapes for spinel.

Among the most famous spinel stones is the 170-carat red spinel called the “Black Prince Ruby” and the 398-carat red spinel, which is part of the Imperial Crown of Russia.

About Sardonyx and Peridot

Sardonyx and Peridot were the only two August birthstones until now, with peridot being the most popular choice. The first stone is a form of onyx and can easily be recognized by the reddish-brown and white layered banding. Popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans, it was worn in hopes of bringing courage and victory upon its wearers. Sardonyx is often used for forming cameos and intaglios. It is found all around the globe, primarily in India.

Unlike Sardonyx, which is matte, Peridot is crystal-like and is believed to host magical powers. Peridot is mainly mined in Arizona but can also be found in China, Pakistan, and Myanmar. The colors range from yellow-green to brown, with the most desirable color being a bright lime or olive green.

LEIBISH Oval Spinel Solitaire PendantLEIBISH Oval Spinel Solitaire Pendant

Changes in the Birthstone List

The first change ever made to the birthstone list occurred in 1952 when alexandrite, citrine, tourmaline, and zircon were added. The second change took place in 2002 with the addition of tanzanite as December’s third birthstone after turquoise and Zircon. The addition of spinel to August marks the third official addition to the birthstone list, making it the new August birthstone.

While there is certainly something special to having a specific stone attached to one’s birth month, not every month is assigned a gem that appeals to those born during those specific four weeks. It is therefore very exciting to know that the birthstone list has another beautiful gemstone and that August babies have yet another stone to choose from, which may just match a little better with their personality. With spinel August birthstone, individuals born in August have a new gem to cherish. 

Browse through our gemstone jewelry collection and find your perfect match!


Why was spinel added as August's birthstone?

Spinel was added as the Spinel August birthstone to provide more variety and options for August-born individuals. The decision to include spinel was likely influenced by its beauty, durability, and availability in a range of captivating colors.

Where is spinel primarily mined?

Spinel is primarily mined in several countries around the world, including Myanmar (formerly Burma), Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Tanzania, and Vietnam. 

What colors does spinel come in?

Spinel is known for its wide range of colors, including red, pink, blue, purple, orange, and black. 

What are some famous spinel stones?

One famous Spinel stone is the "Black Prince's Ruby," a large red spinel set in the Imperial State Crown of England. Another famous spinel is the "Timur Ruby," a large red spinel that was once owned by various Mughal emperors and is now part of the British Crown Jewels. Additionally, the "Samarian Spinel" is a large pink spinel discovered in the Samarian Hills of Israel, which is renowned for its exceptional size and color.

Popular Articles View more articles
Article Image

Emeralds have captivated humanity for centuries with their mesmerizing green hue, earning them a revered status among gemstones. As the birthstone of May, emeralds

Article Image

Taking the Gemstone Personality Test Individuals in the market for a gemstone often ask themselves, ‘What gemstone best represents me?’ Gemstones, whether

Article Image

What Is Your Birthstone? Everything you wanted to know about all the birthstones, and what they all mean.