August Birthstones

August birthstone: Peridot

Zodiac sign: Virgo

Anniversary stone: 16th anniversary (peridot)

Anniversary stone: 22nd anniversary (spinel)

Angel: Hamatiel

Apostle: James (son of Alpheus)

Month flower: Poppy

Hindu month gem: Ruby

For more information about the history of birthstones, try The Curious Lore of Precious Stones by George Frederick Kunz, a fascinating compendium of all the powers that have been associated with gemstones through the ages.