18 December 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: Birthstone

This week for Twinsie Tuesday we're doing our birthstones. I'm a March baby and was all set to do something in a pretty, blue aquamarine when I discovered that I apparently have another birthstone out there, the bloodstone.

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I'd never even heard of it before, but I kinda like it! I also like that it looks sort of grunge-Christmas-y, so I decided to see if I could manage something similar.

bloodstone saran wrap nails

So...sort of? Maybe? A little bit? I started with a base of China Glaze Agro, then sponged on Essie Going Incognito before switching to saran wrap to add some swirls and dabs of China Glaze Def Defying, as well as more of the first two...and also a tiny bit of random brown because why not.

bloodstone saran wrap nails

The red is a blend of Revlon Fire and OPI A Roll in the Hague, which I applied with a dotting tool. All in all, I can't decide how I feel about the end result. One second I love it, and then the next I'm fighting the urge to start over and try again. Even if I didn't quite nail it, though, I had a great time trying something new, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the other Twinsies interpreted their birthstones!

Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Collegiate Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jenn at All That is Gorgeous...
Jenna at I'm Still Thinking...
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth


  1. Oh, I think you did a great job and it looks really close to what you were going for! Very pretty!

  2. I second what has been said before, you managed to do a great job :D I had never ever seen such a stone... It looks good though, but more appropriate for December than March IMO due to the colors!

  3. I've never seen bloodstone before, but boy, did you replicate it spot on! This is amazeballs :)

  4. This is amazing, so, so well done Meredith Anne!

  5. Except you are not Meredith Anne, sorry Elizabeth - it's truly amazing!

  6. Holy cow, you nailed it! It's so cool how you found a different, unique birthstone for March!

  7. Wow! You really captured the blood stone. I have been a fan and semi collector of opaque stones for some time. Back in the 70's there was a mail order catalog that did a lot of gold plated, dipped into gold 'real' organic things like leaves, mini pine cones and other things..My mom and I ordered a lot from this company because it was great unique looking and really reasonable. They carried all sorts of opaque gem stones in chips and in round beads - and being as I was still clinging on to my hippie days, the beads always caught my eye. I still have a long strand of blood stone beads that I wear a lot - it just goes with so many things. I live where were used to collect a lot of nephrite (the darker green jade) that the green in blood stone reminds me a lot of. I don't see as much of the 'unique' opaques being used today in jewelry as once was. Like many things, the price point went way up. I think there are about 5 different birthstones for my month of Oct. I read not too long ago that birthstones only came into being middle of this 20th century. I can recall my first 2 for Oct growing up where Opal and pink zircon. Now that pink tourmaline has become so popular, that seems to have taken the place of the pink Zircon and zircon has sort of become confused with diamonique and those types of CZs. But real zircon is not man created, it's a naturally occurring stone. I still have my first pink zircon ring I got when I think I was maybe 12.

  8. Gorgeous job! You really captured the stone quite perfectly...

  9. great job!! You really outdid yourself.

  10. I love bloodstone and you did a great job replicating it! And so Christmasy too

  11. This is a great bloodstone recreation! It is gorgeous!

  12. This is so cool! I've never seen bloodstone before but it looks like you did an awesome job replicating it!

  13. That stone is crazy cool! I love it and your manicure! Awesome job!

  14. i loveeeeee it :D

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  15. Stunning! I've never seen a design like this before

  16. I like them! I'm a March baby too and I've always overlooked bloodstone too. I think you pulled it off nicely though and your nails definitely look like the real thing!

  17. Amazing mani! Love this so much! <3


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