I was looking up my birthstone, Aquamarine, on the web. Why? Because we live in the Information Age, and I can. I know, it's just so random.
Nevertheless, I discovered something brand new about my March birthstone, Aquamarine. This is what I discovered:
An alternate birthstone for March is Bloodstone, a dark green opaque quartz flecked with red spots. The name Bloodstone derives from the legendary belief that the red coloration resulted from the blood of Christ spilling onto green jasper during the crucifixion. For this reason, too, the stone has been called "martyr's stone." Bloodstone is mined in India, Brazil, Uruguay, Australia, and the United States. Ideal for carving into cameos and beads, this stone symbolizes courage.
Um. That blew me away. Number one, have you ever heard of an "Alternate Birthstone"?--Yeah, me neither. Secondly, who knew it was gonna get that serious? I mean, "Bloodstone". Wow. I went from the sweet waters of the Sea being reflected in the Roman inspired naming of the gem, Aquamarine to the power, sacrifice and courage of Christ.
Yeah, just another day on the internet.
"...It is the honor of kings to search out a matter." -- Proverbs 25:2b