The month of March actually has two birthstones associated with it: aquamarine and bloodstone. They look very different, but when it comes to their purpose they both have a reputation that is similar. They are both associated with protecting your wellbeing. When you look at an aquamarine stone it will remind you of the many shades of the ocean. Aquamarine shifts from deep greens and blues to lighter greenish-blue tones. You can also find faceted aquamarine stones that are free of inclusions which means that they will look as bright and clear as water and this heavily symbolizes the pureness of the spirit and the soul.
On the other hand, the bloodstone birthstone is usually a dark green cabochon gemstone. This means that the gemstone has been shaped and polished instead of faceted. It is usually a dark green colour with some speckles of red spots made from iron oxide. This is known as the blood which gives whoever is wearing it health and strength. Keep reading if you want to learn more about these two birthstones, what their meanings are, and where you can find them.
The word aquamarine comes from the Latin word for seawater. Old-time mariners say that the gemstone was able to calm the waves and keep sailors safe during their travels along the sea. It was also believed to bring happiness to couples in marriage.
Aquamarine is mainly found in the Brazilian state known as Minas Gerais. The state’s landscape consists of rocky mountains, rivers, scrublands, forests, savannahs, and much more. It is a diverse area with many different types of environments. Aquamarines are usually found in primary and secondary pegmatite deposits on the eastern side of the state.
Aquamarine can also be found in Pakistan, Kenya, Madagascar, the state of Colorado, and more.
Aquamarine has a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale and it has the durability to be worn every day. The maintenance for this stone is quite easy, all you will need is some warm water, gentle dish soap, and a toothbrush to scrub the birthstone in areas that might collect dirt.
Bloodstone, which is also called heliotrope, is usually semi-translucent or an opaque shade of dark green jasper that has red inclusions of iron oxides. The alternative name for bloodstone, heliotrope, originates from the Greek word which means to ‘turn the sun’. Back in ancient times, bloodstone was thought to turn the sun red if they were placed into the water. The name bloodstone comes from the thought that the colour has significance in religion, and is thought to represent the blood of Christ.
Many people associate this stone with a lot of properties such as increasing strength, preserving youth and health, and even giving invisibility. These days, many individuals think that the bloodstone serves as a lucky charm. It is usually popular among athletes who are interested in getting stronger. In India, there is a practice where they crush the stones into a powder to be used as an aphrodesiac.