Monday, March 1, 2010

March Birthstones: Aquamarine and Bloodstone

Ocean Drive Bracelet and Earring Set

The gemstone Aquamarine is the modern March birthstone as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. It is also the birth stone for the Zodiac sign of Scorpio.

Shimmering Tide Bracelet

Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:
Since early times, aquamarine has been believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage, and happiness. It is said to increase intelligence and make one youthful. As a healing stone, it is said to be effective as a treatment for anxiety and in the Middle Ages it was thought that aquamarine would reduce the effect of poisons.

A gift of Aquamarine symbolizes both safety and security, especially within long standing relationships. Some people even say that the Aquamarine reawakens love in a tired marriage, so if you want to bring back that spark in your partner's eyes, you might consider this gem as an anniversary gift!
Social Circle Necklace - Aquamarine with sterling silver circle & wire wrapped charms (chalcedony & jade)

An alternate birthstone for March is Bloodstone, a dark green opaque quartz flecked with red spots. 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 mined in India, Brazil, Uruguay, Australia, and the United States. Ideal for carving into cameos and beads, this stone symbolizes courage.

Bloodstone & Sterling Bracelet with 9ct Fine Madagascar Malachite & Sterling Toggle Clasp


fernvalley01 said...

Your stuff is always so gorgeous! I still get compliments on my bracelet! Glad to see you back posting!

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