By Amanda Gizzi
August is a treasured month for many. It is the last full month of summer, flowers are in bloom, beaches are top weekend destinations and color palettes are still bright and airy.

Many lucky ones are also celebrating birthdays this month and are treated to not one but two beautiful birthstones to choose between.

In 2016, Jewelers of America and the American Gem Trade Association added spinel to the official birthstone list, joining peridot as a birthstone option for the month of August.

The addition has created a fun debate among those who turn a year older this month. Are you #teamspinel or #teamperidot? Take a look through this birthstone edition of Amanda’s Style File and decide for yourself.

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