An early spring birthday deserves an appropriately fresh and sparkling birthstone. Both the traditional March birthstone, bloodstone, and the modern March birthstone, aquamarine, perfectly embody the lightness and life of early spring. Read on to learn more about these gorgeous stones found in necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry.
Often found in rocks or riverbeds, Bloodstone is a dark green color with bits of red. The name of this stone comes from those red flecks which come from iron oxide.
This stone is also sometimes called heliotrope or blood jasper by different cultures. The Greeks believed that this stone could turn the sun red if it was put in water, and Christians have used this stone to represent blood. Many people, such as athletes, use this stone as a symbol of luck. Other groups think this stone provides health, youth, and invisibility.
It is easy to care for this stone, but you must be careful not to scratch it since it is around a 7 on the Mohs scale. Typically, you can clean these stones with warm soapy water, a soft brush, and a soft cloth. Store your bloodstone in a soft fabric bag or in a fabric jewelry case.
The name aquamarine directly comes from the Latin words for water and sea, which makes sense given the light blue color of the stone. These gems almost look like they could be made from chips of the ocean.
Aquamarine also has plenty of lore associated with it. Sailors believed it would keep them safe, while others believe this stone is a good sign for a happy marriage.
This stone is a bit harder than bloodstone, since it is at an 8 on the Mohs scale and as a result, aquamarine rings and other jewelry holds up a little better to everyday wear and tear. Use warm water, dish soap, and a soft brush to clean this gem.
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