As we move forward into the year, and a new month begins, we have a new birthstone to rave about. For the month of March, the birthstones for the lucky Pisceans are Aquamarine and Bloodstone. The name Aquamarine immediately brings the stunning and beautiful sparkly color sky blue pastel ofthe sea. This gemstone has been associated with being a symbol of youth, hope, fidelity, and health, and because it’s in the color of the water and sky, it is also said to embody eternal life. It is also said to have a soothing effect on married couples, and so is considered to be a great anniversary gift. The name of this gemstone was derived by the Romans from the words “aqua,” meaning water, and “mare,” meaning sea, because of how the gem looked. These gems were believed to have originated from the jewel caskets of sirens, that washed up ashore. Aquamarines were also considered sacred to Neptune, the Roman God of the seas. The association with the sea made aquamarine a sailor’s gem, that promised a prosperous and safe voyage and guaranteed protection against sea monsters. The Greeks used to wear aquamarine amulets that were engraved with Poseidon (the Greek god of the sea) on a chariot.

The second gemstone for the month of March is bloodstone. This stone is also known a heliotrope and is a form of the mineral quartz that is found in abundance. Green chalcedony spotted with red freckles is known as bloodstone. It is usually found embedded in stones or is located in a riverbed as pebbles. They are found in abundance in India. Brazil and Australia. It is a favored mineral used for carving religious subjects, particularly the crucifixion. The Babylonians used to use this stone to make sealed amulets, and the Roman gladiators also favored it. During the middle age, it was believed that the bloodstone had healing powers, especially to stop nosebleeds. Ancient Alchemists would treat blood disorders using this stone, including problems like blood poisoning, and flowing blood from a wound.

It was also believed that the stone helped draw out snake venom. Both the gemstones for the month of March are special and hold their significance. They can be used as
beautiful gifts for your loved ones this year, one that will have a significant influence on the life of those around and be a beautiful reminder of what’s essential in life.

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