The birthstone of March ~ The Aquamarine

The March birthstone is AQUAMARINE ~ calmness and wisdom.

Aquamarine is a semi-precious to precious gemstone that measures 7.5 to 8.0 on the Moh’s hardness scale. This light blue-green gemstone is closely related to emerald, as both belong to the beryl family. One of the reasons aquamarine is less valuable than emerald is that, due to peculiarities of its mineral structure, aquamarine is much less likely to have inclusions than its green cousin, so it is easier to find large, clear, high-quality stones. However, flawless aquamarines are getting harder to find, so the highest-quality birthstones are considered precious rather than semi-precious.

The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.  This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage.  The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.

The alternative birthstone for March is Bloodstone. A dark-green jasper flecked with vivid red spots of iron oxide.  This ancient stone was used by the Babylonians to make seals and amulets and was believed to have healing powers — especially for blood disorders.

The Gregorian calendar has poems matching each month with its birthstone. These are traditionally the stones in English-speaking societies. It is not known whether these verses below originally are of the Gregorian calendar or not. In fact Tiffany & Co. published these poems “of unknown author” for the first time in a pamphlet in 1870.

Who in this world of ours their eyes
In March first open shall be wise,
In days of peril firm and brave,
And wear a bloodstone to their grave.

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These are similar in colour to the Aquamarine that I use