by Anna Samsonova, CGA
Ben Bridge Jeweler
The name says it all for the birthstone of March: Aqua. The word alone is relaxing. Which is good, because the historical and substitute birthstone does not have as relaxing of a name: Bloodstone.
Aquamarine is usually a light blue stone, think of the clearest of beach waters that you can imagine. Smaller stones tend to stay on the lighter side of the spectrum, where as larger stones may yield a darker color. That slightly darker color, especially with a greenish tint, is quite sought after and has a greater value. Just as its birthstone neighbor Amethyst, it is quite a clear stone and makes for amazing large statement pieces.
The name also promises to calm your soul. It relaxes you in stressful situations and is great for couples and as an anniversary gift.
Bloodstone is usually used in fashion pieces as Turquoise would be. It is usually a dark green stone with red dots and veining on it. Although the name may throw you off, it is quite an interesting piece of Mother Earth.
The name also serves its purpose. Bloodstone is said to help with your vascular health, especially poisoning and diseases. It is also believed to energize you and rid you of bad feelings.