The March Birthstone – Bloodstone or Aquamarine?

According  to The Gregorian Poem published by Tiffany & Co. in 1870, the Bloodstone or Heliotrope is traditionally considered the March birthstone.Bloodstone - The March Birthstone

There have been some pretty bold claims made about this particular gemstone. Many are associated with the practice of Feng Shui.

Like most of the other birthstones, the bloodstone is alleged to have many healing and protection properties and believed to repel negative energy. As it’s name suggests, it has been associated with the purification of blood and of sacrifice. The wearer is believed to have a long life, good health and great courage.

March birthstone
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Apparantly it can strenthen the immune system, promote positive energy and provide strength to the wearer. In ancient times the stone was ground to a powder, mixed with honey and used to cure tumors, hemorrhages or even snake bites. Simply looking at the stone was enough to prevent eye diseases.

Whether you believe such claims or not, this gemstone makes a great gift especially for someone who has a birthday in March. It is not an expensive item as much can be found in several countries including USA, Russia, Australia, Brazil and The Czech Republic.
The Bloodstone is actually a combination of chalcedony and jasper. It has the dark green colour of chalcedony with red specks of jasper making every stone totally unique. You may also find large areas of red as in the example shown and sometimes other colours scattered around the red jasper.

An alternative March birthstone

Bloodstone is also considered to be an alternative to Aquamarine as a birthstone for those born in March. Consequently, anyone whose birthday falls on this month has a choice of two gemstones as do those born in November

Aquamarine the March Birthstone
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The colour of Aquamarine is unmistakable. From a deep blue to light bluish tint of green which resembles that of a clear ocean. The name itself is derived from the Roman words Aqua meaning water and mare which means sea. Ancient mariners believed that the stone was the treasure of mermaids and frequently used the stone as a talisman for protection in rough seas. As the deeper blue tones have become rare they are more sought after and can command a much higher price than the lighter shades.

Aquamarine is seen to represent youth, health, hope and eternity. Consequently this gemstone is also suitable for a gift as an anniversary ring.

Claims regarding Aquamarine

Aquamarine has not been without it’s share of magical properties. Some of which are listed below:

  • Used in predicting the future
  • Protection from accidents at sea and travel over long distances
  • Overcomes fear of speaking
  • Provides courage in times of confrontation
  • Prevents quarreling between lovers

Health benefits include:

  • Healing of sinus conditions and other breathing difficulties.
  • Relief of colds and bronchitis
  • Cure of skin diseases

There is no scientific evidence to back up these claims which originate from early myths and folklore. However, these ideas and practices still survive in some circles today. This gemstone wouldn’t look out of place on any piece of jewellery and is especially suited for it’s use in the manufacture of rings.

The perfect birthday gift

In conclusion, for those looking to buy a gift for anyone whose birthdate is in March, a ring featuring either of the stones mentioned above will make a thoughtful and treasured one.

 

 

I have been working in the fashion and jewellery industry since the mid 1970s when I started work in a seaside gift shop selling costume jewellery and fashion accessories. I started my own business in 1995 as the owner of Ringmania. I am currently working as a website designer at talanda.com and updating a number of my current websites including ringmania.com, ringmania.co.uk and ringmania.ie
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