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Months in the Calendar

August

By Pauline Weston Thomas for Fashion-Era.com

 

Months in the Calendar - August

The piece below was designed by Princess Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria and is from an 1881 publication.

August Month
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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 sketching skills.

 

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August

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 calendar.

Astrological Signs

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 amethysts.

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.  Birthstone 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.

Individuals often feel special wearing jewellery corresponding to their own birthstones.  Many people develop collections based around a fondness for their own particular birthstone.  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 lists.

Page Added 26 November 2005

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