March Birthstone – Aquamarine
Happy Birthday, March! The March Birthstone is the Aquamarine.
The name for Aquamarine comes from the Roman word “aqua” (meaning “water”) and “mare” (meaning “sea”). If you can picture the stunning blue waters of the Mediterranean, you can see how the Aquamarine got its name, as this gorgeous blue gem does, indeed, resemble seawater!
The aquamarine is a member of the beryl family, meaning that it is a mineral that crystallizes in large-grained igneous rocks found in the Earths’s crust. The color intensity can vary from clear or very pale to vibrantly colored, and ranges in hue from blue-green to light sky blue.
Aquamarine gemstones are unique in that, unlike with other gemstones, they tend to be flawless and free from undesirable inclusions. Aquamarine is relatively abundant, with the largest known deposits being found in Brazil. Other locations where Aquamarine can be found include Africa, Australia, China, India, and the United States.
About Birthstone Traditions:
Traditionally, there is a birthstone associated with each month. This is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron, which is said to have contained 12 gemstones representing the 12 tribes of Israel.
There are also legends and myths about the healing powers of birthstones and their therapeutic uses. The most common one says that wearing a gemstone during its assigned month amplifies its healing powers. So, to maximize potential benefits, an individual would own all 12 birthstones and wear the appropriate stone each month.