March Birthstones – Aquamarine and Bloodstone

If you are lucky enough to be born in March you have 2 birthstones, aquamarine and bloodstone. These stones couldn’t be anymore different in appearance but both share a symbolism of preserving or enhancing the health of the wearer.

Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to bluey-green. The stone is mined in Brazil but also found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique.

This gemstone was believed to protect sailors as well as guarantee a safe voyage. In the Middle Ages many believed the simple act of wearing this stone was an antidote to poisoning.

Further history, aquamarine was given to the bride at a wedding to symbolize long unity and love.On the Mohs Hardness scale you will find the aquamarine at a 7.5-8.

Now lets explore some tidbits on the bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, it is a variety of jasper, where the dark green color of the stone is flecked with red. This is a dark and earthy stone. It gets its morbid name due to the appearance of blood on the green surface. But associated with the vitality of life because it appeared to actually have blood within it. Having the reputation in the Middle Ages of sacred power.

Physically, the bloodstone is said it helps in the regeneration of cells and tissue making it a go-to for wound healing. Feeling especially moody? It is said that this stone is an effective mood stabilizer.

Bloodstone is found primarily in India although sourced in Central Europe, the Middle east, Australia and interestingly the Isle of Rum in Scotland.On the Mohs scale of hardness it is a 7.0.

Hope you enjoyed this and Happy Birthday to all you March babies!

Mary Elizabeth

The Jewelry Lady

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