I am March

Updated: Sep 11

Born in March? Lucky you!

You have two gemstones attached to your birth month - Bloodstone (March’s original birthstone) and Aquamarine, March’s primary birthstone (also gifted on the 19th wedding anniversaries).

While the focus will be on aquamarine, which is featured in the Birthstone Wall Art Collection, do you have a preference?

Evoking thoughts of spring, summer, and dazzling blue ocean hues, the name “aquamarine” originates from the Latin words “aqua” (water) and “marina” (of the sea).

As the blue variety of the mineral known as beryl, aquamarine presents in a range of colors from light greenish blue to a pure blue hue. Moreover, gemologists determined the color and shade of blue is dependent on the amount of iron in the crystal.

Similar to all other members in the beryl family, aquamarine ranks between 7.5 and 8 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Likely not a surprise, March’s aquamarine has a long history of being associated with the sea.

Interestingly enough, legend says the birthstone arrived in the world by the jewel caskets of sirens, mythological mermaids or sea creatures appearing as half woman, half bird.

Further, sailors, fisherman, and merchants believed aquamarine would offer them protection while traveling by sea, and luck for successful trading and catching fish.

The epitome of soothing, tranquil, oceanic waves, aquamarine is known to create a sense of calmness and balance in one’s life. The gemstone, whether you’re wearing it or displaying it as wall art like, “I am March”, encourages clarity, intellectual growth, and a connection with your higher, spiritual self.

Regarding health benefits, it is said to be an immunity booster; alleviate allergies; regulate hormones; and reduce health issues related to swollen glands, thyroid issues, and sore throats.

Sounds magical, right?

Mesmerizingly blue, in all its shades, aquamarine is mined in countries all over the world, on almost every continent. It has been recorded that aquamarine’s initial discovery was in the mountains of Siberia.

Far from an exhaustive list, March’s “blue” can be found in Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Pakistan, Brazil, Ukraine, China, and parts of the U.S. (Colorado).

In closing, aquamarine seemingly mirrors some of the things we know about water - its healing properties and calmative effects, which is all that’s needed to make the case for adding “I am March” to your art collection.