Were you born in march? Then your birthstone is the aquamarine. This lovely blue-green crystal is a semi-precious stone and looks terrific wrapped up in silver wire, set in a ring or pendant, or loose in a special display. This march birthstone is big enough to make a display by itself.
Birthstone Properties: Bestows courage, insight, and victory
Alternative Birthstone: BloodstoneAquamarine is the traditional birth stone for March. It is also the accepted anniversary gem for the 19th year of marriage. Aquamarine is mined primarily in Brazil, Nigeria and Zambia.
Water Baby: Created by combining Latin words for water (aqua) and sea (mare), aquamarine does indeed resemble the bottomless blue of seawater. Like Emerald, aquamarine is a variety of beryl (a mineral that crystallizes within large rocks on the earth's crust). Aquamarine varies in color from blue-green to a light sky blue, and for generations, those stones containing green are often heat-treated to remove this less desirable color.
Surprisingly, unlike other coveted gemstones, the majority of aquamarines are flawless. As a gift, aquamarine is unsurpassed in its legendary abilities to preserve and enhance mutual love, to ensure truth in relationships and to maintain a good marriage.
When In Rome…Ancient Romans believed the magnificent gemstone was sacred to Neptune, the god of the sea. Some legends say that it was gift from mermaids, while others suggest that Neptune retrieved it after it fell from the jewel boxes of sirens and washed onto shore. Early sailors wore aquamarine talismans, engraved with the likeness of Neptune, as protection against dangers at sea. The association with water led to the belief that the Aquamarine was particularly powerful when immersed. Water in which this gemstone had been submerged was used in ancient times to heal a variety of illnesses of the heart, liver, stomach, mouth and throat.
Aquamarines were also used to reverse poisoning and to aid in fortune telling.Heal Me: Many believe that aquamarine helps dependence on drugs, is an aid in digestion, and can be used as remedy for swollen glands and to maintain the health of the jaws and teeth.On the non-physical plain, aquamarine is believed to release anger and negativity replacing them with mental peace and clarity, providing emotional and mental balance. It has been used as an aid in meditation and to assist in self-expression.
A Gift of Love: To dream of aquamarine signifies the making of new friends. To wear aquamarine brings love and affection. To give aquamarine is to offer the gift of knowledge, foresight and individual inspiration. It is a universal symbol of youth, fidelity, hope and health. Ideal for carving into cameos and beads, the "blue sea" stone is said to aid seafarers so it is a wonderful gift for sailors, fishermen, and everyone who spends time at sea.
A gift of aquamarine symbolizes safety and security, especially within long standing relationships. Be aware: The beautiful light blue to blue-green color of aquamarine may fade upon prolonged exposure to light, so it is especially important to purchase this gem from a reputable source.
A Brief Guide to March Birthstones
Aquamarine is the March birthstone. It is a light blue like the colors of the Mediterranean sea. The aquamarine is said to give courage, victory and confidence. Aquamarine is said to be mermaid treasure and has the power to keep sailors safe.
Aquamarine is from the Latin phrase "water of the sea" due to the blue to blue-green color. It is actually a variety of the mineral beryl. Aquamarine is less brittle and more durable than emerald, another famous variety of beryl. The blue color is due to iron being introduced when the beryl formed. Aquarmine can be found in Brazil, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria and other countries.
March is the month that fills our souls with renewal, just as the country itself fills itself with the hope and promise of Spring. The cold is dissipating and the flowers are again ready to bloom. The basketball season is winding to an end, and a birthday in the month of March means sharing your best day with the spirit of new things and new beginnings. March is short on holidays, but it is known as Women’s History Month, though the amount of attention and observance this gets may vary from place to place. However, without the distractions of other major holidays, the March birthday boy or girl is free to enjoy their special day and celebrate it with the vigor it deserves. And with that in mind, here is a look at the birthstones of March.
March Modern Birthstone: Aquamarine
If you’ve ever spent any time in the Bahamas or any other location where the sea is the turquoise translucent color of the sky, you’ll have no trouble understanding why the March modern birthstone is called aquamarine. This beautiful gemstone can bring about a feeling of tranquility and safety to those needing it, making it the perfect jewel for those embarking on a dangerous or frightful task. It has also been said that the March birthstone can bring love back to a failing relationship, which might be something to keep in mind if you know a marriage on the rocks.
March Traditional Birthstone: Bloodstone
Though the name conjures a jewel that could be confused with a deep ruby, the bloodstone is actually dark green with flecks of red sparkled within the gem. The story goes that the jewel got its red flecks from the blood of Christ at the time of the crucifixion. In some circles, because of this legend, it is also known as the martyr’s stone.
March Alternate Birthstone: Red Jasper
Red jasper, much like Aquamarine, is known as a protective gem, and is supposedly infused with the spirit of guarding. This handsome stone is the logical progression from the bloodstone, and is colored red (naturally), with swirls of black, making it one of the most popular gemstones among the goth crowd.