Unlike February, March is a long month and has a full 31 days. But, of all the months, it’s a good thing that March is longer. It’s filled with beauty and exciting events. March welcomes in the spring season, takes us an hour ahead in time, and even helps us celebrate good old St. Patrick. March is a lovely month, and it’s birthstone is lovely as well.
Aquamarine, a generally blue colored gemstone is the birthstone this month. From the light blue color of the sky to the deep blue color of the sea, aquamarines vary on a beautiful spectrum of blue colors. It’s shades compliment nearly every hair, skin, and eye color.
The gem sparkles – it’s cool and crisp. Aquamarine is often described as optimistic, hopeful, and youthful. All of which are appropriate for the month that welcomes spring.
With it’s shades of blues and soft shine, it’s no wonder legend has that this gem originated in the deep blue sea. Some say it was first discovered by sailors who came across an enchanted mermaid treasure chest. It has since been regarded as the “sailor’s lucky stone.” In fact, the name aquamarine is derived from the Latin “aqua marina,” or “sea water.”
Legends about this gem have prevailed throughout history. In the Middle Ages, it was thought this gem could heal individuals ailed by poison. Even today, some people consider this gem to have healing powers, such as muscle tension reduction and anxiety release.