Aquamarine is the modern Birthstone of March while Bloodstone is the Traditional Birthstone of this month.
What is the difference between Modern and Traditional Birthstones?
~ Modern Birthstones was officially listed in 1912 by the organization Jewelers of America to standardize the birthstones, it is currently the most widely used list in the United States and many other locations, including Australia and Thailand
~ Traditional Birthstones are older Society-based birthstone.
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History of Aquamarine
The ancient Romans believed that the Aquamarine was sacred to Neptune, the god of the sea, having fallen from the jewel boxes of sirens and washed onto shore, Early sailors wore Aquamarine Talismans, engraved with the likeness of Neptune, as protection against dangers at sea. The association with water led to the belief that the Aquamarine was particularly powerful when immersed. Water in which this gemstone had been submerged was used in ancient times to heal a variety of illnesses of the heart, liver, stomach, mouth and throat.
- Came from the Roman word "Aqua," meaning water, and "mare," meaning sea, Aquamarine truly resembles of seawater.
- Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family, Beryl is mineral that crystallizes within a large igneous rocks on the earth's crust.
- Aquamarine color ranges from an almost colorless pale blue to blue-green or teal
- The most expensive color of Aquamarine is the deep-blue aqua color. It is 7.5-8 on the Mohs Scale
- The most valuable aquamarines come from Brazil, but it is also mined in Kenya and Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia.
- Lucky stone for sailors, for safe journey in water
- To Renew married Love and to ensure a long and happy married life
- The stone is said to cause good sleep and cure eye trouble.
- It was said to give the wearer a purity of body and spirit.
Alternate Birthstone "Bloodstone"
Bloodstone (also called heliotrope) is green with distinctive red spots that resemble blood, giving this stone its name. Bloodstone is a green stone with red spots. It also occurs in shades of dark green with red, brown and multicolored spots. The iron minerals cause the deep red and brown colors.
The bloodstone was used to stop bleeding especially nosebleeds.
There is a legend that says the bloodstone was formed from the blood of Christ dripping on the green earth and solidifying. It was also called heliotrope by the Greeks and was thought to bring change. The bloodstone has been used as an amulet to protect against the evil eye. Bloodstone is the symbol of justice.
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