aquamarine and bloodstone: birthstones of earth and water

Earth and Water

March has two contrasting birthstones representing the elements of Earth and Water. The blue Aquamarine is one of the birthstones associated with the element of  Water. The other is the Bloodstone,  a green gem with distinctive red spots that resemble blood, giving this stone its name. The Ancient Greeks believed the stone was the connection between Earth, Men, and the Gods. It is good for grounding negative energy and cleansing the body. It represents the element of Earth.

The Aquamarine is derived from the Latin word “Aqua Maris” which means sea water. Legend has it that the stone came from a mermaid’s jewelry box. The legend of the gemstone was believed to protect sailors and guarantee a prosperous and safe journey. Around 480-300 BC the Greeks first associated the Aquamarine with the sea.  They wore aquamarine amulets engraved with Poseidon ( Greek God of Sea) on their chariots.

This beautiful blue stone is used as gifts to the bride since they symbolize long love and unity. It’s also used to celebrate the 19th. wedding anniversary and is known as the “poor man diamond.” The Aquamarine comes in many varies of blue from deep blue to blue green. The gem is mainly mined in Brazil, but they can also be found in Colombia, India, Malagasy, Russia and the United States.

The Aquamarine is attuned to the Archangels Ariel and Raguel. It brings balance of the physical, mental, emotional, and etheric. In contrast, the second birthstone, the Bloodstone, also known as Heliotrope is attuned to the Archangels Ariel and Metatron.  It brings humility and sympathy to the wearer.

Ancient Greeks believed the word Bloodstone meant “ Turning the Sun”. Many believed if you put the stone in water it would turn red. One legend has it that Bloodstone was created when a Roman soldier thrust his spear into Christ’s side and blood dropped on a piece of green jasper lying at the foot of the cross of Christ. The Egyptians believed it would help them defeat their enemies, increase their strength and make them invisible. Today the Bloodstone is still cherish as a lucky Amulet. Athletes wear it to increase their personal strength, mental clarity, and boost overall energy.

Happy Birthday to all of My March Babies: My Beloved Marcia, Alise, Andrea, Bella, Brigitte, Katlin, Amy, Maggie, Victor, Susan, Sylwia, and Terri.