"By her who in March was born
No gem save Bloodstone shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity." (March Birthstone Poem)
Bloodstone is the traditional birthstone for March. However, a modern birthstone for March was adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912 and is known as Aquamarine. They seemed to have replaced the traditional Bloodstone back in the year 1952. One can say that there are two birthstone for the month of March- Aquamarine and Bloodstone.
The term Aquamarine is a combination of two Latin words; ‘aqua’ which stands for water and ‘marina’ which implies sea. The name itself speaks volume about the gemstone’s color which can be said to be an impressive pastel sky blue or the bright color of the sea. The color blue may vary from pale pastel to a deep blue color. They are mostly a gemstone of pastel color, though the intensity of the shade may vary.
They are believed to have surfaced from the jewel caskets of sirens that were washed ashore from the sea bed. They were thus considered sacred to Neptune, the Roman God of the sea. It is for this association with the sea that Aquamarine was believed to protect sailors in the ancient times and also guaranteed them a safe voyage. The tranquil color of aquamarine helps in cooling one’s temper and keeps the wearer calm and balanced. They have always been a symbol of hope, friendship, youth, health, happiness and fidelity and is said to be an embodiment of eternal life. They are believed to have a soothing influence on married couples too.
Aquaramine also possesses some great medicinal and healing properties. They are known to provide relief to various ailments of the liver, stomach, throat, jaws, etc. It was also considered to be an effective antidote against poison. Moreover, it was also said to be a great source of power for several soothsayers and was used by them for fortune telling purposes.
As mentioned already Bloodstone is the traditional symbol of March and is also known by the name heliotrope. The gemstone is a dark-green jasper, dotted with a vivid red spots of iron oxide. The word Bloodstone is associated with the legendary belief that it was formed when drops of Christ’s blood fell and stained the jasper lying at the foot of the cross. The gemstones are usually found embedded in rocks or as pebbles in the riverbeds. They are largely sourced from India, Australia and Brazil.
It was used to make seals and amulets by the Babylonians and in the Middle Ages, it was used to stop nosebleeds. When powdered and mixed with honey and egg whites, it was believed to heal tumors and almost all types of hemorrhage. It was also used in the treatment of blood disorders like blood poisoning, to stop the flow of blood from wounds and to even suck out the venom of snakes.
Bloodstone is believed to bestow the wearer with courage and increase their physical strength. They signify balance, harmony, success, fertility, stimulation, warmth, vitality, etc. The ancient Greeks believed that the stone was the connecting force between the Earth, Gods and Men.
Both Aquamarine and Bloodstone can be mounted on an architecturally stunning bracelet, necklace, pendant, dangle or can be simply mounted on a pair of stud.