“March Birthstone The Aquamarine”

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Published: 06th February 2017
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I did not know that March has two birthstones for it's month? Did you? Aquamarine and blood stone. You learn something new every day. Let's look at the Aquamarine first, since It seems to always be mentioned first.
The Aquamarine has a rich color and has long been a symbol of youth, health and hope. Its wondrous color ranges from pale to deep blue and is reminiscent of the sea. A perfect birthstone for March,the Aquamarine creates a beautiful look for spring or summer wardrobes.

The name Aquamarine meaning seawater. The name immediately brings to mind its beautiful light sky blue or the bright color of the sea.
If you close our eyes and visualize a beautiful day at a beach with Crystal blue water and the sun skipping off the waves you can picture the blue Aquamarine.
For hundreds of years, this gemstone has been a symbol of health, hope, and youth, and fidelity. They say it has eternal life since this gemstone is the color of water and the sky, It was long thought that Aquamarine had a soothing influence on married couples, making it a good 19th wedding anniversary gift. And the flower is the Daffodil , because it means the sun is always shinning when your significant other is near .Right?
This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage. The soothing color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and clear headed. Aquamarine is usually light in color and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color is more intense in larger stones. This gemstone is mined in Brazil. It can also be found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.

Now Take the blood stone that is a stone of a different color. It has vivid red spots of iron oxide. This ancient stone was used by the Babylonians to make seals and amulets and was believed to have healing powers — especially for blood disorders. It is sometimes called the martyr's stone as legend tells that it was created when drops of Christ's blood stained some one at the foot of the cross. Usually found in riverbeds as pebbles, The main sources are India, Brazil, and Australia. There was a poem published, author unknown in 1870 . This is what it said." Who in this world of ours their eyes,in March first open shall be wise,in days of peril firm and brave,And wear blood stone to their grave." That sounds kind of ominous and is the first time I've seen it mentioned instead of the Aquamarine.

Blood stone comes from heliotrope, it's a form of the abundant mineral quartz. It exists as a mass of tiny quartz crystals formed together in large lumps that show no external crystal form, yet each of the component crystals that make up the mass is a genuine crystal. This quartz variety is called chalcedony. Green chalcedony spotted with flecks of red is known as blood stone.

Even though March has two stones you invariably hear aquamarine first when thinking of a birthstone for march in fact it always seems that the blood stone is always mentioned second or not at all. When you ask anyone what their birthstone is for March they usually say aquamarine.

Author: Frankie Sue Newell

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