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March Birthstone: Aquamarine and bloodstone

March has two birthstone - Aquamarine and bloodstone. These are two very different stones when it comes to appearance, but they share a similar reputation for protecting one's well-being. The aquamarine birthstone evokes the colours of the sea.

Aquamarine is made of two Latin words: aqua, meaning “water,” and marine, meaning “of the sea.” It was once believed that this gemstone would protect sailors and guarantee a safe voyage. Legend has it that aquamarine’s serene blue colour would invoke calming properties of the sea, helping to cool tempers and allow the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.

Many other ancient cultures believed Bloodstone gems had magical powers, with some references to its ability to heal dating back to 5000 BC. The Babylonians used bloodstone in their divination, and the Egyptians prized bloodstone because they believed it helped them to defeat their enemies. They also believed it increased their strength or made them invisible.

Still, others believed that bloodstone could help control or change the weather, win legal battles or give the gift of prophecy.

 

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