“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.”
—Gregorian Birthstone Poems
The birthstone of March is the Aquamarine, or traditionally, the Bloodstone.
The more popular and recent March birthstone is Aquamarine, coloured a pale and beautiful blue-green. The word aquamarine is made up of two Latin words; ‘aqua’, meaning water and marina, meaning the sea. The aquamarine was considered sacred to the the Roman God of the Sea, Neptune and for this reason was considered a sacred gem for sailors hoping for a safe voyage at sea.
The aquamarine is associated with courage, loyalty and friendship while also symbolising honesty, faithfulness and beauty. The bearer of an aquamarine gemstone is believed to keep calm and peaceful.
The more traditional, and far harder to acquire March birthstone, the Bloodstone is coloured green with red inclusions, thereby giving it it’s name. In addition to being admired as a gem, bloodstone is used in medicine and as an aphrodisiac.