March

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"By her who in March was born
No gem save bloodstone shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity."

March has two birthstones . The name "aquamarine" derives from the Latin “aqua” meaning water and “mare” meaning sea, because it looked like sea water.  Aquamarines were said to have washed ashore from the depths of the sea, where they decorated the jewel caskets of sirens.  They were considered sacred to Neptune, god of the sea. This association with the sea made it the sailors’ gem, promising prosperous and safe voyages, as well as protection against perils and monsters of the sea.  .

aquamarine_raw1.jpgAquamarines - also called the "poor mans' diamond" -  vary in color from deep blue to blue-green of different intensities, caused by traces of iron. Naturally occurring deep blue stones are the most prized because they are rare, although yellow beryl stones can be heated to change them to blue aquamarines.
 
The Romans believed the aquamarine possessed medicinal and healing powers, curing ailments of the stomach, liver, jaws, and throat.  During the Middle Ages, it was believed to be an effective antidote against poison. Aquamarines were thought to be the source of power for soothsayers, who called it the “magic mirror”, and used it for telling fortunes and answering questions about the future.   More recently, aquamarines were used as eyeglasses in Germany to correct shortsightedness - the German word for spectacles is “brille”, derived from the word "beryl".

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The second birthstone for March is the bloodstone, a material favoured for carving religious subjects.  According to legend, bloodstone was believed to have formed during the crucifixion of Christ. A Roman soldier-guard thrust his spear into Christ’s side and drops of blood fell on some pieces of dark green jasper lying at the foot of the cross, and the bloodstone was created.

In the Middle ages, bloodstone was believed to hold healing powers, particularly for stopping nosebleeds. Powdered and mixed with honey and white of egg, it was believed to cure tumors and stop all types of hemorrhage. Ancient alchemists used it to treat blood disorders, including blood poisoning and stopping the flow of blood from a wound. 

March Birthstone Gifts