The two March birthstones, aquamarine and bloodstone, offer two very different takes on green. Where aquamarine is on the watery end of the spectrum, bloodstone is a landlubber: dark, earthy and filled with the rich, organic freshness of the forest floor. Here are some fun ways we found to pretty up your palace using either gemstone shade.
ON THE WALLS:
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As designer Kelee Katillac’s Kansas City bedroom (above) shows, bringing home the hues of the sea with an aquamarine wall couldn’t be more elegant and fresh. “The appeal of these watery blues is hard to deny,” concurs designer Elaine Griffin. To best translate the vibrant skies and ocean waves to your walls, Griffin advises paying close attention to how much light the room receives. “A south-facing room flooded with sunlight will always look great in a rich, bold color,” she explains. “In a room with less light, opt for a pale color on walls, and save intense hues for accents.”
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If you’re feeling more inspired to dress up a wall with the rich earthiness of bloodstone – which is on the same end of the green spectrum as the fig leaf above – the secret to ensuring the wall(s) looks organic rather than drab is to choose the right accent colors. Designer Ruthie Sommers advises using lighter shades of green, as well as creams and light, buttery yellow to “wake” the darker green up. “There’s something refreshing about green that denotes a healthy vibe,” she adds. “It couldn’t be more fresh.”
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These glam aquamarine “L’Eau” chairs by Calligaris beautifully translate the look of concentric waves rippling across a body of water. Thankfully, when it comes to sitting on them, they are far sturdier than they look!
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Tiles aren’t just for tubs and kitchen backsplashes. As an “accent” – be it a wall or even an entire small building as it is here – luminous tiles in aquamarine are a wonderful way to bring the freshness of the ocean home.
AS A HANDBLOWN CHANDELIER:
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L.A.-based glass artisan Seth Parks specializes in sculptural chandeliers which bridge the traditional and the modern. He honed his technique under some of the world’s best glassblowers, including Italian glass maestros Elio Quarisa, Cesare Toffolo (Corning Museum of Glass), Jay Musler (Penland School of Crafts) and Sally Prach (Pilchuck Glass School). “Working with glass is like doing a complicated and challenging dance,” he observes.. “In this dance, the glass definitely takes the lead. You have to get every step right and move correctly, because if you don’t, you’ll have to start from the beginning again.” This $20,000 Anemone chandelier made of aquamarine glass uses 4 halogen bulbs and measures about 36” tall and 48” inches wide, and weighs a not unsubstantial 250 pounds. However, should you want something larger, say, he will happily customize to fit your particular specs.