Birthstones for March

Can you believe it's already March?! January was slow as anything and then February was merely a blink!

 

Ever since we introduced the Family Birthstone Necklace as an easily customizable way to represent various families, it's been an instant hit and the one custom item we quote out the most! So, I thought we'd delve into the various options for birthstones each month. Though I'm sure you know most of the standard birthstone options for each month, many people don't realize that 1. there are often 2 or more birthstone options per month and 2. a "birthstone" doesn't always have to represent the month in which you were born! (that second one is totally my opinion, but I'll share more on it in a minute)

 

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Let's dive in! The standard birthstone options for the month of March are Aquamarine (the most common) and Bloodstone! Now, I know that name sounds a bit odd, but it's actually a stunning deep jasper green with captivating red flecks. Bloodstone is considered by many to be a lucky charm as its metaphysical properties attribute to increasing strength and preserving health and youth (sign me up!). Due to its opaque color profile, the bloodstone is often cut into a cabochon.

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Aquamarine, as I'm sure you are familiar with, is a translucent pale blue stone that is typically faceted. Its name actually comes from the Latin word for seawater. Ancient mariners claimed it would keep sailors safe at sea. Aquamarines are also thought to bring happiness in marriage, AND they're the traditional "gift" for the 19th wedding anniversary (anyone celebrating lucky #19 this year?!). But, one of my favorite facts about aquamarines is that in 1936, the government of Brazil gifted First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt a dark blue step-cut aquamarine that was 1,298cts!! (see that stone above and then read more about that here)

 

  

So, born in March? How do you feel about the aquamarine and bloodstone? I don't personally love my birthstone (peridot for August) so I'm always dreaming up new ways to use gorgeous stones like this. Say your name is Anne and you love aquamarines but your birthday is in August like mine. You're not a fan of peridot or spinel, but you really want to create a Family Birthstone Necklace. Let's get creative! Why not use an aquamarine to represent Anne (same first initial) like we did in the necklace above where one of the children represented was named Anne? Or a bloodstone for Ben, Ruby for Ruth, etc etc. OR, say you got married in March and you love the deep hues of a bloodstone. Let's find a stunning interesting-shaped bloodstone cabochon to set into a custom ring! I love to think out of the box with these unique stones. What other ways can you think to use a Bloodstone and Aquamarine? Shout it out in the comments below or get in touch to start dreaming up that custom piece by emailing hello@maryfrancesflowers.com.

 

 





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