There Are Two March Birthstones – Aquamarine and Bloodstone
There are some really exquisite and beautiful stones out there, all with their own unique look and meanings. People choose to wear jewels for all sorts of reasons, but birthstones are something many people feel close to, as they represent their month of birth. Each month of the year has its own jewel representation, all with their own meanings and history. If you were born in March then you’re lucky to have two stunning jewels to choose from – Aquamarine and Bloodstone. Most people have heard of Aquamarine and associate this with the month of March, but actually, there is the bloodstone gemstone too; which is the more traditional of the two stones.
Aquamarine has a history of being a gemstone of calmness. It gets its name from the Latin for
Seawater. Many years ago mariners would take the gem out to see with them, believing that the
stone would encourage the seas to be calm and keep the sailors safe. It is believed to also encourage happiness in marriage, protecting those that wear it from foes. Perhaps this is the reason why Aquamarine is also the gem used to represent the 19th wedding anniversary, often given as a gift to celebrate this milestone of marriage.
The shades of blue you get with Aquamarine stones are truly stunning, often compared to the pastel of a blue sky or the colour of a bright blue sea. It is seen as a symbol of hope, health and calmness, which is perhaps why it has been so popular over the years. In fact, Lady Eleanor Roosevelt famously wore a dark blue rectangular step-cut aquamarine many years ago, which now has a home at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. Aquamarines shares the birthstone rights of March with bloodstone, known as heliotrope. The colours of this gem can often be tricky to describe accurately, as it is semi-translucent with a luscious mix of dark green jasper and red. There are several meanings behind this stunning stone however most people believe it is a symbol of strength, preserving health and youth. It more modern times it has often been seen as a lucky charm for people such as athletes that are keen to increase their strength. In different parts of the world such as India, it is even used as an aphrodisiac once crushed into powder form.
Why Do People Wear A Birthstone?
People choose to wear a birthstone for different reasons and this will often be down to the month of their birth too. March is lucky to have two gemstones associated with the month, which means
people have much more choice. With Aquamarine representing calm and Bloodstone symbolising
strength, people may choose to wear either of those to help encourage both of those into their lives.
These days birthstones are often seen as fantastic birthday presents too. Although people can give jewellery for any birthday, it is often seen as something special and therefore given for milestone birthdays or even to celebrate a birth.
If you are looking to buy someone jewellery for someone special then incorporating their birthstone into this shows you have really thought about what you want to buy them – which is a really thoughtful and something recommend if you’re buying something you’d like them to keep for years to come.
Looking After Your Jewellery
Whether you have bought for someone else or you’re buying for yourself, looking after your
jewellery in the right way is essential. As aquamarine is just a pale, pastel colour it can often look dirty or cloudy when it has been one a couple of times. This isn’t anything to worry about and will come right with a clean.
The best advice for both aquamarine and bloodstone is not to use harsh chemicals to clean them, as you wish damaging the metal or the stone. A soak in a bowl of slightly soapy water and a gentle scrub will usually be enough to get both of these gemstones back up to tip-top condition.
Storing jewellery in the right way is also important - you want to make sure it is stored away from
any extremes. Make sure it is not stored anywhere it is going to get very hot or very cold and
definitely keep it away from direct sunlight. These are beautiful gemstones and it stands to reason
you’ll want them to last, so looking after them properly is a must.