Aquamarine is March's Birthstone
By Sam Serio
If you're still young enough to remember your birthday,
you probably also remember the special birthstone assigned to it. But at your age, we bet
you don't really know the SIGNIFICANCE of your birthstone and what power the ancients felt
would be bestowed about you by wearing it.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
Birthstone Properties: Bestows courage, insight, and victory
Alternative Birthstone: Bloodstone
Aquamarine is the traditional birthstones for March. It is
also the accepted anniversary gem for the 19th year of marriage. Aquamarine is mined
primarily in Brazil, Nigeria and Zambia.
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
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
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
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
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 a gift of aquamarine symbolizes safety and
security, especially within long standing relationships.
Caveat Emptor (Buyer beware): 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.