Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March Birthstone 2014


The birthstone for those born in the month of March is aquamarine.  Its origin is based in legend; believed to have been first found, in the treasure chests belonging to mermaids.  From that legend spawned that belief that aquamarine gemstones are a good luck charm for sailors.

The name aquamarine is from the Latin words meaning water and sea. This is supported by the legend that says aquamarine was first found in a mermaids treasure chest. This has led to the belief that if sailors wear the gemstones it keeps them safe from harm and will prevent seasickness.

While in the middles ages it was thought of as an effective treatment for anxiety.  Also it was believed to be effective in reducing the effect of poisons in the body.  Additionally folklore, associates the gemstone aquamarine with properties that would encourage faithfulness, friendship and courage. 

Others of the time and in times since have associated the aquamarine gemstone with enhancing ones awareness and resulting in quicker response times.  Easing of communication problems is believed to be eased when one wears the gemstone or has large pieces on display where communication occurs.
Aquamarine is derived from two Latin words; one for “water” and one for “sea”.  Hence, not only being a sailor’s good luck stone, it is also believed to relieve other water related calamities.  From preventing seasickness to keeping one safe from all water related harms.

Random cut Aquamarine

"By her who is this month was born
No gem save Aquamarines shall be worn
They will ensure her constancy
True friendship and fidelity."
                                   Author Unknown

Birthday gemstone lists have evolved over the centuries.  They have changed due to ease of acquisition, new stones being discovered, and marketers of jewelry.  Lists still contain differences, based on culture and beliefs, though most people, especially in western cultures tend to use the modern list.

The modern list was adopted in 1912 by the American National Association of Jewelers.  This is the list most western cultures are used to seeing and using.  Aquamarine is the gemstone listed as the birthstone for those born in the month of March.

Aquamarine gemstones are part of the beryl gemstone family.  The finest quality stones have an evenly distributed brilliant color and are typically free of inclusions.  While the aquamarine used for bead shapes usually contain numerous opaque areas and inclusions.  The interesting thing about aquamarine is that the darker more intense the color of the gemstone is the higher in value it is considered.

March Birthstone

Starting with,  an almost colorless pale blue, the aquamarine stones range in color to blue green and continuing through to an almost teal color.  The higher end stones tend to be faceted, yet they do make beautiful cabochons.

While most of the other lists I have researched all list aquamarine as the gemstone, regardless of their geographic location, I have found a two that show different birthstones for the month of March.

Dating back to 1500 B.C. in Indian medicine and beliefs is the Ayurvedic birthstone list.  This particular list indicates bloodstone semi-precious gemstones, which is green with red inclusions. The name bloodstone comes from the Greek word “heliotrope”, it was once thought that the red was a resemblance of blood spots.  

On the “Mystical” birthstone list, it is the jade gemstone that is listed as the stone for March.  This list dates back over 1000 years and is Tibetan in origin.  Jade is an interesting gemstone to study, as there are multiple types of stones with two distinct and different sets of characteristics.  It is a direct result of further study and advancement of identifying the mineral composition that make up the gemstones.

Regardless of which gemstone you choose, or which list you prefer, the rich history surrounding gemstones is fascinating. Visit our on-line boutique to see the variety of gemstones we create with.

Revised rewrite of original posting, March 14, 2011

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