The birthstones for March are Aquamarine and Bloodstone. They're very different in colour and properties - but both beautiful stones.
Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater, while Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, takes its name from the belief by some that the colour pattern has religious significance, representing the blood of Christ.
Aquamarine is not only a birthstone for March, it's also a traditional gift for 19th wedding anniversaries.
Aquamarine was thought to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea, it was also thought to make it's wearer undefeatable and to sharpen intellect.
Increasing strength, giving invisibility, and preserving health and youth are just some of the metaphysical properties some people associate with Bloodstone.
Where are they from?
Aquamarines are found in multiple locations, from Madagascar to Brazil to India, China and the US making it a widespread gemstone.
Bloodstone is mined in Brazil, Australia, China and the United States, among other countries - although the majority is found in India.
Care & Treatment
Aquamarines are around 7.5–8 on the Mohs scale - making them a perfect choice for everday jewellery.
Bloodstone is 6.5–7 on the Mohs scale, meaning it could get scratched by harder stones - it's best to keep it wrapped in a soft cloth while not being worn.
For care tips view my Jewellery Care page here.
You can view my birthstone jewellery collection here.