The next stone up in my birthstone series is the gemstone Aquamarine.
Aquamarine, the birthstone for March, is also the astrological birthstone for those born under the zodiac sign of Aries.
Derived from Latin word aqua = water, and marina = the sea, Aquamarine is known as the sailors’ lucky stone. Legend has it that aquamarine was originally found in the treasure chest of mermaids So, this gemstone was believed to protect sailors and guarantee safe travels.
Aquamarine comes in a range of colors with the most common ranging from almost colorless to pale blue to sky blue. Folklore indicates that this serene blue stone keeps the wearer calm. Aquamarine is also thought to empower those who wear the stone with intelligence, courage, and happiness.
According to the folklore of sailors, the aquamarine originated in the treasure chest of mermaids, and has, since ancient times, been regarded as the sailors’ lucky stone and protected against the dangers of the sea. Some even thought that the mermaids’ tails were made of aquamarine.
A dark-green jasper flecked with vivid red spots of iron oxide, bloodstone (also known as heliotrope) was believed to have healing powers and was often used in the making of amulets. The bloodstone was also thought to generate a change in one’s life. The bloodstone is also known as a symbol of justice.
While birthstone gems are commonly known, there are flowers associated with one’s birth month as well. The flower associated for those born in March is the ipomea (morning glory) as well as the violet.
‘Sentiments of The Months’ from a book on gemstone lore by George Frederick Kunz focuses on the birthstone of bloodstone for this month:
Who on this world of ours her eyes
In March first opens may be wise,
In days of peril firm and brave
Wears she a bloodstone to her grave.
Who wears a jasper, be life short or long,
Will meet all dangers brave and wise and strong.
Which stone do you prefer – aquamarine or bloodstone?