Birthstone: The Blues & Greens Of March!

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“A March born shall always be
Soothed by Aqua, gem of sea
This mermaid’s treasured stone you wear
Will bring happiness, love, affection and care”

“Who in this world of ours their eyes
In March first open shall be wise,
In days of peril firm and brave,
And wear a 
bloodstone to their grave.”

The first rhyme talks about aquamarine, the birthstone for the month of March. The gem of the sea is most appealing in its transparent sky blue colour. However, the stone often ranges in tones of greenish-blue to bluish-green. Tones that are sure to match with clothes in a spring or summer wardrobe collection.

The cool colour of the aquamarine is believed to cool tempers and help the wearer remain calm and composed. Natural, then, that the healing properties of the stone show stress-related illnesses high up in its list. It is also considered to be a purifying stone that is able to improve circulation, reduce external distractions and increase mental awareness. The aquamarine is also said to inspire creativity and increase your artistic nature.

Legend has it that the aquamarine was the stone of the sea goddesses. Sea witches were believed to cleanse the stone in the waters of the ocean by the light of the full moon.Since it is a ‘stone of the sea’ the aquamarine is also believed to help and protect sailors and guarantee the wearer a safe voyage.

Mined mainly in Brazil, this gemstone is one of the cleanest available. This means that the stones you are purchasing should not have any inclusions that are visible to the naked eye.Stones that are bluer and darker in shade are more expensive than the other shades available.

However, if you feel blue is not the colour for you, you are in luck. For the month of March has two birthstones associated to it. The second one is the Bloodstone—a dark green stone with bright flecks of red iron oxide and immense magical properties attached to it. Legend has it that the stone was formed when Christ’s blood fell on and stained some green jasper at the foot of the cross. Needless to say, the stone is believed to have healing powers for blood disorders. It has also been used throughout the ages as an amulet of protection against the evil eye. In its connection with blood, the stone was carried on their person by soldiers of ancient days as it was believed to stop bleeding.

The bloodstone is also believed to increase the wearer’s courage and strength. It is also considered to increase creativity, diminish negative energy, uplift your spirit, ease a broken heart and bring in good luck.

Bloodstones are found in plenty in India. There are two types of bloodstones. The plasma ones are opaque and deep green with very little red in it. The heliotropes are transparent and the red flecks are quite vivid. A good quality stone is one that has is solid dark green in colour and has visible veins of red iron oxide. One way of identifying an original bloodstone is to rub it against porcelain. If a red streak appears it is a genuine stone.

So what are you waiting for? Buy yourself an aquamarine or bloodstone and silver ring, or a cluster of aquamarine beads twined into a gold bracelet. Or large chunky neckpieces of aquamarine stones or bloodstone gems. For benefits to the whole household, place these gems as stones or geodes in the house.

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