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March's Birthstones: Aquamarine and Bloodstone

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If you were born in March, then you have the privilege of having not one but two beautiful birthstones - Aquamarine and Bloodstone. Each stone has its own unique qualities and characteristics that make them truly special. In this blog, we'll explore the history, how to care for these stones, and tips on how to incorporate them into your jewelry collection. So, whether you're a March baby looking to learn more about your birthstones or simply a gemstone enthusiast, join us as we delve into the world of Aquamarine and Bloodstone.

 

Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a stunning gemstone that comes in various shades of blue-green, ranging from pale blue to deep sea green. Aquamarine stones are considered more valuable as the blue color intensifies. When it comes to jewelry, you’ll have no trouble finding a plentiful selection of aquamarine pieces in a variety of blue-green hues. This beautiful blue stone can be cut in a variety of ways, however, aquamarine stones are mostly cut in an emerald shape or round or oval brilliants.

 

History of Aquamarine

This gemstone is not only stunning but also has a rich history and meaning behind it. The name Aquamarine is derived from the Latin word "aqua marina," which means "water of the sea." For hundreds of years, it was called “The Sailor’s Stone,” and was used by sailors as a talisman for protection and good luck during their sea voyages. It was believed to calm the waves and protect sailors from storms and other dangers at sea. At one time, people believed if this stone was emerged underwater, it would have special powers. It was also used by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans for various purposes, including making jewelry, talismans, and amulets. 

In addition to its historical significance, Aquamarine has been referred to as the "magic stone" due to its long history of being associated with mystical and healing properties. It's believed to have a calming effect on the mind and emotions, making it an ideal gemstone for reducing stress and anxiety. It's also believed to promote clarity of thought and enhance communication skills. 

 

How to Style It

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Aquamarine jewelry is a versatile accessory that can be styled in many different ways. For a classic and elegant look, pair a simple aquamarine pendant necklace with a little black dress or a blouse and pencil skirt. Aquamarine studs or drop earrings can add a pop of color to a neutral outfit, and an aquamarine bracelet can be layered with other bracelets for a chic and trendy look. Aquamarine rings can be worn as a statement piece, either on their own or stacked with other rings for a more bohemian vibe.

Aquamarine pairs well with other blue gemstones such as sapphire or turquoise, but it can also be paired with earth tones for a more natural look. When styling aquamarine jewelry, it's essential to consider the color and style of the outfit and choose pieces that complement rather than overpower it. With its delicate blue hue and natural sparkle, aquamarine jewelry is a timeless addition to any jewelry collection.

 

How to Care for Aquamarine

Aquamarine jewelry is a precious and valuable possession that requires proper care to maintain its beauty and durability. The first step in caring for aquamarine jewelry is to avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals, such as household cleaners and perfumes. These chemicals can damage the gemstone and cause it to lose its luster over time. It's also important to store aquamarine jewelry in a soft pouch or cloth to prevent scratches or other damage.

When cleaning aquamarine jewelry, use warm, soapy water and a soft-bristle brush to gently remove dirt and grime. Avoid using ultrasonic cleaners or steam cleaners, as these can damage the gemstone.

Lastly, it's recommended to have your aquamarine jewelry professionally cleaned and inspected every year to ensure it's in excellent condition. With proper care, your aquamarine jewelry can last for many years and continue to sparkle and shine.

If you're looking to learn more about aquamarine, our friends at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) have a comprehensive guide we recommend as an excellent resource.

 

Bloodstone

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The colors of bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, are primarily dark green with red or brownish-red spots. The green color in bloodstone comes from the mineral chlorite, while the red spots are caused by iron oxide or hematite. The color of the stone can vary depending on the amount and distribution of these minerals. The green color is often described as being mossy or earthy, while the red spots can range from deep maroon to almost orange in hue. Some bloodstones may also have other colors or markings such as white, yellow, or black, which can make each stone unique and highly prized by collectors and enthusiasts alike.

 

History of Bloodstone

Bloodstone has a rich and fascinating history that dates back thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that bloodstone had powerful healing properties and could stop bleeding when held against a wound. In fact, the name "heliotrope" comes from the Greek word for "sun-turning," as it was believed that the stone could turn the sun red when it was immersed in water. Bloodstone was also highly prized by warriors and soldiers throughout history, who believed that it would protect them from injury and bring them victory in battle. 

Today, bloodstone remains a popular gemstone for jewelry and is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts for its unique beauty and historical significance.

 

How to Style It

Bloodstone jewelry is a beautiful and unique addition to any jewelry collection. When it comes to styling bloodstone jewelry, there are a few things to keep in mind to make the most of its rich colors and unique patterns. Bloodstone is a versatile stone that pairs well with a variety of metals, including silver, gold, and brass. It also pairs well with other gemstones, particularly those in earthy tones like garnet or topaz.

One great way to showcase bloodstone jewelry is to pair it with neutral or earth-toned outfits, such as beige or brown. This allows the rich green and red tones of the stone to stand out and really make a statement.

Bloodstone also looks great when paired with patterns or prints that feature similar colors, such as green and red plaid or floral prints. Another option is to wear bloodstone jewelry as a statement piece, pairing a bold ring or pendant with a simple, monochromatic outfit. This draws attention to the jewelry and allows it to really shine. 

 

How to Care for Bloodstone

Bloodstone is a relatively hard and durable gemstone, but it still requires some care to keep it looking its best. 

To clean bloodstone jewelry, simply use a soft cloth and mild soap and water. Avoid using any abrasive cleaners or scrubbing the stone too hard, as this can scratch the surface.

When storing bloodstone jewelry, it's best to keep it separate from other jewelry to prevent scratching and to store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, as exposure to heat and light can cause the stone to fade over time.

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