The piece below was designed by Princess Beatrice, daughter of
Queen Victoria and is from an 1881
Today you can copy this idea using well crafted
calligraphy skills or simply use a decorative font from the computer.
Add your own border using wrapping paper, decoupage or other
Augustus was named after Emperor Augustus in 8 B.C.
Before it was Sextilis meaning sixth as it was the 6th month in the old Roman
Leo July 23–August 22. Virgo August 23–Sept 22
August Birthstones are Peridot and Sardonyx
Peridot is a variety of olivine, and ranges from rich
olive to lime green and can almost be emerald in some cases. These
richer toned stones are sometimes called evening emeralds as intensity
lifts in night light. The Victorians were very fond of Peridot
jewellery and in recent times it is often set aside pearls and
Sardonyx is a variety of mineral known as chalcedony. The
variety frequently bears flat bands of red brown cream striations and
the stone can be carved so is
often used to make Cameo jewellery.
Birthstones of the Calendar
The name of many calendar months have Latin derivations. Birthstones were
initially linked to the Zodiac, but now are linked to calendar months.
jewellery has always been thought to have magical powers within them
with such powers passed to the wearer of the gem. This idea has been
revived by new age followers who extol the virtues of natural quartz
crystals. They emphasise the importance of good harmony, energy, chi,
balance, and healing. In addition the stones are often very pretty! Talismanic Jewellery has gained new importance since the millennium.
feel special wearing jewellery corresponding to their own birthstones. Many
people develop collections based around a fondness for their own
Some months of the year have two or three stones as birthstones.
New gems and semi precious stones have become more popular. Cultures
have merged and mixed so much in the
past 100 years, that original lists of birthstones popular in any one
country have tended to merge so that several stones are often featured in
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