Next month’s birthstones: aquamarine, bloodstone, & jasper

February 11, 2009

Planning ahead for March birthstone jewelry? Our crystal ball (actually a book we sell) says you can use aquamarine or bloodstone. Some folks use jasper too!

The zodiac says March is the month when most Pisces are born (February 20-March 20). Since Pisces is “the fish”, the hue of aquamarine (literally “sea water”) is a great color theme to use in birthday jewelry for these folks. Enjoy the organic feel of gemstone chip beads,

or make a more regular design by lining up some smooth round beads.

Perhaps better for quick-tempered Aries (March 21-April 19) would be bloodstone. An intriguing thing about this gemstone is how variable the colors can be, since it’s a combination of dark green with deep red in various proportions. Check out these 8mm rounds to get an impression of the color range:

And sometimes you’ll find this stone much more on the green end of things, like these 12mm rounds.

Jasper is a whole world unto itself. There are so many varieties in such a phenomenal range of hues–it’s worth browsing our catalog to absorb them. A couple of my favorites will give you an idea what I mean. There are fancy-jasper faceted diamond-shaped beads:

Another variety is leopardskin jasper, shown here in 8mm rounds:

Yet another type is ocean jasper. How about these tip-drilled puffed marquise beads?

And don’t forget to browse for color matches. We always have hundreds of styles, including aquamarine-colored crystal beads!

Have a March birthstone-inspired jewelry tip? Share it here by Replying in the comments section!

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6 Comments

  • Reply beadqueen February 11, 2009 at 11:12 am

    I also like to use shamrock green glass beads for March jewelry and accessories. A little luck o’ the Irish, doncha know. (spoken more like the lucky charms leprechan and less like sarah palin)

  • Reply barbe saintjohn February 11, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    those bloodstones are gorgeous. I need to go thru my new catalog again and make a new order list!

  • Reply fireseed February 12, 2009 at 4:02 am

    Hmmm… I’m just wondering how some of these would look with the lava stones you posted earlier – one step closer to the Universe necklace!

  • Reply Dave February 17, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Hi beadqueen, somewhere on our site there’s also a jewelry design that uses green glass heart beads clustered together to make a neat shamrock. You betcha!

    Barbe, you’re talking my language. And I wouldn’t be surprised if we had some bloodstone and similar stuff like dragon’s blood jasper at our Spring bead shows…

    fireseed, does this mean you took the idea of the “solar system” necklace & ran with it? Which planet will bloodstone be? And will Pluto be a seed bead?? 🙂

    Hey, I’ve now added jasper to this post. Some people use it for a birthstone, and it’s so versatile that I couldn’t resist talking about it.

    Dave

  • Reply Dawno February 18, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Green is my favorite color, so I have to be careful that I don’t only make green pieces. I found a stone at a local retailer called “camouflage stone” that I have yet to find out if it’s a jasper, agate or something else. Do you know? It’s got the darker, mossy green and deep almost black and touches of red, but it doesn’t look like the bloodstone you show, either… I’d love to get more of it (hint, hint)

  • Reply Dave February 25, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Dawno, you should snap or scan images of “camouflage stone” and email them to me. We always enjoy a puzzle. 🙂 And it could turn into a useful addition to our Gemstone Beads Index!

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