Happy Birthday, March! The March birthstone is the aquamarine stone.

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 Earth’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.

A necklace or other piece of jewelry featuring a March birthstone aquamarine charm is a smart gift idea for someone born during this month.