Bloodstone – treasured in ancient times, Bloodstone ( also known as Heliotrope ) served as birthstone for march, until it was replaced in 1912 by Aquamarine. Once referred to as the martyr’s stone, medieval Christians often carved Bloodstone into scenes of the crucifixion. A fine example of carved Bloodstone can be found in the Louvre featuring a seal of the German Emperor Rudolf II.

Bloodstone is a member of the Chalcedony group of gems, who in turn belong to cryptocrystalline family of Quartz.

Aquamarine - March Birthstone

Aquamarine is one of the worlds most popular and well know gemstones.  Aquamarine is a real favourite of many gem collectors and in the word that’s becoming more and more polluted, Aquamarine offers us all a breath of fresh air.

A member of the Beryl family, Aquamarine’s characteristic pale blue colour is created by the presence of iron.

Its name is derived from the Latin “aqua” for “water” and “mare” for “sea”, and many superstitions and legends regarding sea have been attached to the gemstone over the years. Back on shore, Aquamarine is believed to both smooth and prolong relationships, and for this reason is often given as an anniversary gift.