The March Birthstone is Aquamarine
The birthstone for the month of March is Aquamarine and the March birthstone color is light blue, which is the primary shade of Aquamarine.
The alternative March gemstone is earthy Bloodstone and both gems are listed as official March birthstones.
The word 'Aquamarine' means ‘water of the sea’ in Latin and this gemstone is associated with many legends of sailors. It also aptly reflects the tranquil blue-greens of the ocean, symbolizing calm and peace.
Aquamarine is one of the Zodiac birthstones for Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 20), and Bloodstone is one of the zodiac birthstones for both Pisces and Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19) star signs.
March Birthstone Color: Light Blue
March's birthstone color of light blue comes from March's birthstone Aquamarine. Aquamarine crystals are generally very pale in color to almost transparent and are rarely found naturally in darker blue shades.
The Aquamarine mineral is a type of beryl and is formed over millions of years when water became trapped in rock cavities during geological processes. The six main varieties of beryl are aquamarine (blue-green), emerald (green), morganite (pink), red beryl (red), heliodor (yellow) and maxixe (deep blue).
Often Aquamarine is heat treated to remove impurities and improve its clear blue color, a widely accepted practice in the jewelry trade. The attractive blue shades of Aquamarine are popular in gemstone jewelry and in particular March birthstone jewelry.
March Alternative Birthstone: Bloodstone
The alternative birthstone for March is earthy colored Bloodstone also known as Heliotrope. It is a green opaque micro-crystalline quartz dotted with red spots caused by iron oxides. These red spots resemble drops of blood, hence the gemstone's name and legends of Bloodstone associated with the blood of Christ on the cross.
Bloodstone is a soft stone usually carved into cabochons and various shapes by artisans, or simply set as polished pendants highlighting the striking colors in jewelry for March birthdays.
MARCH BIRTHDAY SYMBOLS
Alternative birthstone: Bloodstone
Official birthstones: Aquamarine & Bloodstone
Birthstone color: light blue
Birth flower: Daffodil
Zodiac star sign: Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Zodiac star sign: Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
19th wedding anniversary: Aquamarine
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