Bloodstone, March's birthstone, appears in various shades of green, spotted with maroon. These spots, created by iron oxide and jasper, resemble blood. Because of this, the stone was given its name. The largest bloodstone producer is India, but it is also mined here in the United States.
Over the centuries, the bloodstone has had many uses. Almost three thousand years ago, bloodstone was believed to stop bleeding when applied to a wound. Because of this people carried bloodstone pendants with them, especially those that might be in risk of physical danger regularly, such as soldiers. And in the Middle Ages bloodstone rings were thought to help with anything magical, including divination and initiating spells.
Today, the bloodstone is thought to help increase confidence and decrease anxiety. As March's birthstone, bloodstone jewelry is the expected gift for anyone born in March. Of course, one does not need to be a March baby to understand and treasure the unique beauty of bloodstone jewelry. A piece of bloodstone jewelry is a welcomed addition to anyone's collection at any time of the year.