March is a month of transitions. It is a month to welcome the bright colors of spring and a toast to a new beginning. A lot about March is extraordinary, including its gorgeous birthstone. For those born in this month have a perfect birthstone that is both beautiful and versatile. Do you know which birthstone is this? The following poem provides the answer!
“A March born shall always be
Soothed by Aqua, gem of sea
This mermaid’s treasured stone you wear
Will bring happiness, love, affection, and care.”
-Traditional Birthstone Poem
The serene aquamarine invokes the tranquility of its namesake, the sea. Derived from the Latin phrase “aqua marinus,” meaning “water of the sea,” aquamarine shimmers in ocean blues and greens. Continue reading to discover more interesting facts about this stunning stone!
What is Aquamarine?
Aquamarine is one of the most prized gemstones from the colorful beryl family. Natural beryl is colorless, however, its structure allows it to incorporate distinct elements such as iron, manganese, chrome or vanadium. When iron is combined with beryl, it turns into the soothing sea-blue treasure of aquamarine. Ranging from soft pastel blues to intense dark blues and blue-greens, the crystal structure of the aquamarine is a hexagon.
Historical March Birthstone
Aquamarine was first discovered in India more than 2,000 years ago. Since then, people have credited both paranormal and mystical properties to it. Ancient Greeks were the first to use aquamarine gemstone around 480 to 300 BCE. However, the stone only became popular after larger samples from Brazil surfaced in the market in 1910.
A Soothing, See-Worthy Gem
Tying into its name, the aquamarine gemstone encapsulates all things connected to the sea. In ancient folklore, this blue gem was believed to be a treasure of mermaids and was used by sailors for protection, good luck, fearlessness, and safety while at sea. To this day, aquamarine is used to protect those who travel by, over or near water. Therefore, wearing aquamarine while flying internationally or taking a cruise could keep the wearer’s mind at ease.
In the Middle Ages, many believed that the simple act of wearing aquamarine was a natural antidote to poisoning. The Sumerians, Egyptians, and Hebrews all admired aquamarine, and many warriors would wear it to battlefield to bring about victory. Many ancient medicines used powder from aquamarine to help cure all manner of infection, but it was said to be particularly beneficial for eye ailments.
Aquamarine is a calming stone which is said to bring peace, inspire trust, and facilitates honest communication. This gem is also supposed to help people overcome the fear of speaking, making it a perfect gift choice for the family and friends that are teachers or presenters.
Not only is aquamarine March’s birthstone, but it is also used to celebrate the 19th wedding anniversary.
Always a Stunning Choice
Divine and graceful, aquamarine jewelry is a thoughtful choice for those born in March, or for those drawn to the brilliant blue gem. This captivating stone looks beautiful in rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and in any metal, including white gold, rose gold and yellow gold.
In 1953, Brazil gifted an aquamarine and diamond necklace with matching pendant and earrings to Queen Elizabeth II as a coronation gift. It took an entire year to gather and perfectly match the stones. The queen loved the gift so much that she commissioned a matching tiara in 1957.
If you weren’t in love with aquamarine before, we’re sure you are now! It’s a gemstone full of splendor and beauty. Adding this gem to your jewelry collection is also the perfect way to brighten your look for spring.