Who in this world of our, her eyes
In March first opens, shall be wise.
In days of Peril firm and brave
And wear a bloodstone to her grave.
Who ever heard of a bloodstone? Much less thought of it as a birthstone? Or this gem even related to March? Those were my first thoughts about this dark green, jasper stone with red spots. That being said bloodstones are a pretty stone, unique and earthy, which could be a nice representation for March’s first signs of spring.
The red spots give this gem its name because it is related to, of course…blood. Medieval Christians related those spots to the blood of Christ and when held in one’s palm it was thought that the stone could cure about anything. It is said that in 1576 the bloodstone cured the Mexican Plague. Some go so far as to say it can open doors, break walls and avert disasters.
The red spots are iron oxide and thus its relationship to blood. We further this exposition by stating it was once said that bloodstones work best kept under a pyramid of some sort. Okay. Sure.
Bloodstones are also known as heliotrope, meaning ‘sun-turning’, and thus called the Earth’s symbol. They were thought to bring rain, abundance, alignment, organization, energy flow, idealism, and of course good fortune. Some ancients went so far as to say it could even make the wearer invisible. Wow! This is some gem, and all of these possibilities does give someone born in March a few bragging rights.
While bloodstones are believed to have some amazing attributes most people associate the spring green of March with another color… sky blue, as in aquamarine. Although , since this gem is a beryllium silicate (which is a fancy word for it has more than one metal in it) type gem, it can be a various color from blue to yellow, green and brown. But since aquamarine is usually associated with water, we stay with blue of course.
Water purifies if you drink enough. With that thought in mind aquamarine is assumed that if you wear it enough, it too will purify and cleanse just about everything, from psychic powers to impure thoughts, from headaches to swollen glands. And since it is associated with water, it is also thought to protect sailors and ships and is the treasure of mermaids. So be sure to take it on a cruise with you.
In fact, one very large blue-green aquamarine was purchased for $25,000. That one gem weighed 243 pounds and was 19 inches long. You don’t suppose the buyer owned a yacht? Or was he a March boy? Aw, who cares. It’s a beautiful gem to enjoy no matter who, what or where you are.
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