Gemstone photos via Photobucket. Gemstone info via American Gem Society.
The birthstone for March is the aquamarine, also the color of water. In Latin, aqua means water and marina means sea. This is also an “icy” color (since ice is frozen water), but I think we’re done with ice until next winter. We are finally into the swing of March and the weather is getting warmer. Hooray!
According to the American Gem Society, the aquamarine was used as protection for sailors and to ensure a safe journey at sea. Aquamarines were also used to promote calmness. Aquamarine is a light color, and it ranges from greenish-blue to blue-green. The larger the stone, the deeper the color.
March actually has two birthstones. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone, while the ancient birthstone for March is the bloodstone, “a dark-green jasper flecked with vivid red spots of iron oxide”. The ancient Babylonians believed that the bloodstone healed blood disorders.
Here is what I wore yesterday. I like the color aquamarine (favoring shades closer to blue than green), even though I rarely wear it. But, I do have a pair of velvet bell bottoms that went well with my tikka:
Here’s my makeup. Dark eyes and a tikka in aquamarine:
I’m very happy that Spring’s finally here, the season of flowers and birdsongs. I tend to be more fashionable during Spring, slowly shedding my warm layers of clothing. I will write a post soon on the daffodil, March’s birth flower. Daffodils are mainly yellow – a color that I do NOT wear (except for dance). We’ll see what happens.
Love & Shimmies,