September 07, 2023
March has not one but two traditional birthstones – the blue aquamarine and deep green bloodstone. Though different in appearance, these March birthstones share associations with health and protection. Discover the meaning, history, and styling inspiration for aquamarine and bloodstone.
Aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl that occurs in beautiful blue and greenish-blue hues. Its name comes from the Latin for "seawater" due to its oceanic colors.
With a hardness of 7.5-8, aquamarine is durable for everyday jewelry when free of fractures. Clean it with mild soap, water, and a soft brush.
Aquamarine has been prized for centuries in antique and modern jewelry. It is also the traditional 19th wedding anniversary gem. Large gems over 1,000 carats exist, like the famed Dom Pedro aquamarine.
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Important sources for gem aquamarine include:
Brazil and Africa produce most of the world's high-quality blue aquamarine. Pakistan's gem-rich pegmatites yield pure blue "water clear" aquamarine crystals.
Bloodstone is a green jasper speckled with red iron oxide inclusions that resemble blood, hence its name. It also goes by heliotrope, from the Greek meaning “turning the sun red.”
Ancient warriors carried bloodstone as protection in battle. Over time it became associated with increasing strength and preserving health.
Bloodstone rates 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale. Care for it by cleaning with mild soap and water and avoiding harsh chemicals.
Today most bloodstone comes from India. Other sources include Brazil, China, Australia, and the United States.
Bloodstone forms in fractures and cavities in host rocks or as pebbles in riverbeds. India exports carved bloodstone beads, spheres, and figurines.
Find your perfect aquamarine or bloodstone jewelry as a March birthstone!
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