_ To dream of aquamarine signifies the making of new friends and to wear aquamarine earrings brings love and affection. Aquamarine, a universal symbol of youth, hope, and health, blesses those born in March. Prior to the 15th century it was thought to be the birthstone for those born in October.
Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family, which includes emerald, but aquamarine is less brittle and more durable than emerald. Aquamarine ranges in color from light blue to bluish green to deep blue, which is the most valuable and desirable color. Do not purchase a shallow cut stone, since the color will become paler as dirt accumulates on the back. Aquamarine is a very wearable gem, clear and brilliant, and, unlike emerald, is available with excellent clarity even in very large sizes. Larger size aquamarines are becoming scarcer, therefore more valuable. Long considered a beautiful and moderately priced gem, aquamarine has moved into the "expensive" classification for stones in larger sizes with a good deep blue color.
One must be careful not to mistake blue topaz for aquamarine. While topaz is an equally beautiful gem, it is usually much less expensive. Topaz is usually treated to obtain its desirable color. For those that cannot afford an aquamarine, blue topaz is an excellent alternative, as long as it is properly presented and properly priced.
The second birthstone for March is Bloodstone, a dark-green jasper flecked with vivid red spots of iron oxide. This ancient stone was used by the Babylonians to make seals and amulets and was believed to have healing powers, especially for blood disorders. It is sometimes called the martyr's stone as legend tells that it was created when drops of Christ's blood stained some jasper at the foot of the cross. Generally found embedded in rocks or in riverbeds as pebbles, primary sources for this stone are India, Brazil, and Australia.