March is the month of St. Patrick’s Day, Easter (spring) breaks, and the dreaded Daylight Savings (spring ahead – yuck!).
The month also brings two birthstones; aquamarine and bloodstone the dazzling birthstones of March.
Aquamarine the Dazzling Blue March Birthstone
Aquamarine is a stunning cool, light blue reminiscent of the crystal waters of the Caribbean. The word originates from the Latin words aqua and marina meaning water and the sea. These words perfectly describe the deep, clear blue of the aquamarine.
History & Folklore
As with all stones, the aquamarine is said to have specific, special qualities. Specifically, the aquamarine is said to protect sailors, cause levelheaded and calm behavior, and elicit peace.
Interestingly, the aquamarine also is believed to have healing powers and physical benefits. These include helping the liver, throat, eyes, and ears. It is reported to bring calm and clarity to the wearer.
Not Just a Gemstone
Aquamarine is not limited to jewelry and gemstones (although they are lovely). The color is stunning in decor, clothing, and even cosmetics.
Bloodstone — March’s Other Birthstone
Bloodstone is very different from aquamarine in color and source. The bloodstone is a dark green with bright reds spots throughout the stone. The stone echos the beautiful greens of a deep forest, moss, and the quiet of a woodland.
HISTORY & FOLKLORE
The Babylonians used jasper bloodstone to offer healing for blood disorders. It was also thought the stone was stained with the blood of Christ while on the crucifix.