Colour of the Month: Bloodstone + Aquamarine: March's Birthstones

In all the excitement of so many projects whirling all around me, 

very nearly forgot about the Birthstone of the Month!

But it is a colour not easily forgotten,

because there is a certain generosity about March,

with not one,

but two,

birthstones: Bloodstone + Aquamarine.

In our

Tiffany Gregorian Poems

series printed in 1870,

Bloodstone is the gem mentioned. 

Also known as Heliotrope, it is a semi-precious stone,

mostly of dark green background,

with little flecks of dark red - from whence it gets its name.

It was thought to be a powerful weapon against 

various blood disorders

in medieval times.

However, somewhere around the turn of the century, 

the beautiful clear green-blue stone of

Aquamarine

snuck in as an 

alternative for March's birthstone. 

In fact, by 1912, when the 

American National Association of Jewelers

decided enough was enough

& produced a

definitive list of birthstones,

they listed both Bloodstone & Aquamarine for March.

But luckily for us, it just so happens that pale, greeny-blue aquamarine 

and deep dark cherry red happen to go together swimmingly.

Perhaps it's the pale delicacy of the blue

contrasted with the drama of the bolder deep red,

but it is a combination which I find endlessly fascinating.

This glorious gown is from Antonio Berardi's spring 2012 collection.

The blue chifffon is floaty, dream-like.

The blood-red sequins are striking, audacious.

It's a

"look at me"

gown.

And in the Teatro Franco Parenti in Milan, 

it's a theatrical combination of colours

which almost has a sense of haunting beauty.

(Perfectly appropriate for a building 

which was 

a 1930s cinema, 

but has since been re-fitted 

as an experimental theatre.)

Dramatic,

I think, 

is the right adjective for this Art Deco pendant & earing set.

Not for the faint-hearted.

But very glamorous all the same.

Worn with a black velvet strapless gown,

it would be simply stunning.

Pale blue door + deep red washer = laundry with punch!

Bloodstone red on the Dolce & Gabbana men's runway

for winter 2013.

Palest aquamarine in a confection of tuile, by BHLDN.

You can see a theme developing here:

of moody theatrics when these 2 colours are combined.

 And perhaps nowhere is this better illustrated,

than in this townhouse designed by Olatz Interiors.

 So for those people born in March, 

this colour combination of your birthstones is truly a birthday gift.

And for the rest of us,

well, I reckon we are probably allowed to enjoy it too! 

images: 1st & last 3: townhouse in NYC, design by

olatz interiors

poem artwork blue fruit

art deco aquamarine pendant

etsy

striped paper plates:

donna hay

red sequin & pale blue chiffon gown by

antonio berardi

teatro franco parenti theatre

aquamarine & red glass art deco pendant

etsy

laundry with red applicances: 

making it lovely

dark red velvet mens jacket:

dolce & gabbana

tuille skirt:

bhldn

bedroom by

diane bergeron

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