Monday, March 2, 2009

March birthstones

March is here already so let's start out the month with some birthstone information.
Birthstones for the calendar month of March are aquamarine and bloodstone.

Aquamarine comes from the Roman word - Aqua, meaning water and mare, meaning sea.

Aquamarine varies in color from blue to green. Aquamarine is a color variety of the mineral beryl giving blue beryl the name aquamarine.

Aquamarine is known as a stone of courage and fortitude. It is reputed to assist with calming communication issues. Mystical and folk lore states that it is attuned to the sea, and protects travelers on water, and sailors.

An alternate birthstone for March is Bloodstone. Bloodstone is a deep green stone with small red specks. The small red specks are where the stone gets its name. The name Bloodstone derives from the legendary belief that the red coloration resulted from the blood of Christ spilling onto green jasper during the crucifixion. For this reason, too, the stone has been called "martyr's stone."

Bloodstone is excellent for centering and grounding. It is said to help with calming, particularly in survival situations. It brings mystical energies of increasing adaptability and organization, and lessening confusion and anxiety. It is said to be a a stone of courage, bringing mental, physical and emotional renewal by releasing blockages.

Both aquamarine and bloodstone share the element of bringing courage to the wearer.

Where can you find these stones?

Ring & Things is one of the few suppliers I have found that have bloodstone. The have a nice selection of both,
aquamarine # 21-888-099-01
bloodstone # 21-888-098

There ya have it! Two beautiful stones for the month of March! Think of the possibilities!

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