If rubies and emeralds are the brash, and often ostentatious, showstoppers of the birthstone calendar, then aquamarine and bloodstone — March’s dynamic duo — represent the cool, introspective intellectual. Encompassing both earthly and celestial energies, these two stones present a chance to explore a different way of understanding and relating with the world around us.
Learn about the meanings behind aquamarine and bloodstone, and how to care for them.
Aquamarine — History, Meaning, Care
Aquamarine belongs to the same mineral family as emerald, beryl. Its name is derived from the Latin aqua marinus, meaning “sea water” — a fitting reflection of the stone’s characteristic oceanic hue. This March birthstone’s colour ranges from a clear blue-green to a deep, dark blue. The darker the hue, the more prized the gem.
History of Aquamarine Birthstone
Aquamarine has been a prized gemstone since the time of Ancient Greece and the Celts, known for its mystical qualities and close association with Venus, the goddess of the sea. For centuries, sailors would carry aquamarine stones in their pockets or wear them as necklaces for protection. On land, this March birthstone was also used for medicinal purposes, like treating bloating and respiratory ailments.
Far from its historical beginnings, aquamarine has since become a symbol of renewal and hope. It’s known today as the “treasure of the mermaids”, and is often given for 19th wedding anniversaries.
Aquamarine Birthstone Meaning
Aquamarine has been associated with everything from serenity to courage and foresight. It has also been associated with an increased sense of clarity and trust — in both decisions and relationships.
This March birthstone is also associated with focus, and greater communication abilities.
Caring For Your Aquamarine Birthstone
Aquamarine is a fairly hard stone, registering 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale — perfect for everyday wear. Even so, you'll still need to treat it carefully to protect against scratching and knocks.
This March birthstone's delicate hue and relative transparency can fade or discolour. Keep it away from direct light and intense heat sources, like sunlight and radiators. When cleaning, use lukewarm water, mild soap, and a soft cloth (or toothbrush). Ultrasonic cleaners and steam cleaners are usually safe, but it's always a good idea to check for any fractures or liquid inclusions before use.
Bloodstone — History, Meaning, Care
Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, is a dark-green jasper flecked with deep red iron oxide spots. Its name is derived from the Greek helios (‘sun’) and trepein (‘to turn’), referencing the ancient belief that the red spots on the stone represent the sun's rays.
History Of Bloodstone Birthstone
The early Greeks associated bloodstone with the sun god, Helios. It was regarded as a powerful stone that could cleanse and protect. Ancient warriors donned it for protection on the battlefield.
To this day, many still regard this March birthstone as a powerful good-luck charm, both in business and competition. In India, the finest Bloodstone specimens are crushed into powder and used as an aphrodisiac.
Bloodstone Birthstone Meaning
In different contexts and cultures, bloodstone is either seen as a symbol of strength, offering guidance through the darkness of confusion and back to clarity and power; or a reminder of the fragility of life.
Worn as an amulet or talisman, this warrior stone empowers its wearer with the courage to not only overcome adversity, but to actively embrace life and its opportunities.
Caring For Your Bloodstone Birthstone
Bloodstone is relatively scratch resistant, registering 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale. Still, as with most gemstones, it won't stand up well to knocks and hard blow, meaning you’ll want to avoid wearing bloodstone when exercising or doing intense activities around the house.
Clean your bloodstone jewellery gently; use warm, soapy water and a soft brush to remove any dirt or oils. Avoid harsh cleaning products or ultrasonic machines. For storage, keep in a fabric-lined box or wrap it in a soft cloth.
Before You Go…
Buckle up bold ones — March calls for a double dose of daring. With two birthstone colours to choose from — aquamarine and bloodstone — there’s no excuse for staid style.
Delight in the scintillation of the brilliant aquamarine and the deep, mysterious colours of the lustrous bloodstone. Whether it’s a pair of earrings, a bracelet, a necklace, or anything in between, consult DeGem for their expertise in sourcing the perfect March birthstone for you and setting it into one-of-a-kind jewellery.