The month of March has three (3) birthstones in total. A beautiful and very sought after Primary and two interesting and unique Secondary birthstones.
So what are the birthstones for March?
The primary birthstone for March is the beautiful aqua blue of Aquamarine. The two Secondary birthstones are Bloodstone and Jasper. These gemstones all have their own amazing story to tell.
Aquamarine is the Primary Birthstone for March
The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin aqua marina, meaning ‘sea water’.
Related to the Emerald, both being a form of Beryl, Aquamarine is equally beautiful and desired as the birthstone for March.
Aquamarine has a long history. The gemstone has been used and desired by many cultures, including the Egyptians, Greeks, Hebrews, Romans and Sumerians.
It was used extensively by many as a guardian against challenging times. More specifically, worn by sailors to help and protect them during their voyages. Long before Christ, Aquamarine was associated with mermaids. When immersed in water its powers were said to increase many fold.
Aquamarine is a favoured gemstone for giving on anniversaries, mainly because it is considered to be the gemstone of relationships. It is believed to help with maintaining strong relationships, keeping personal differences under control.
Wearing Aquamarine is also believed to attract the affection of the one you love. It helps make those connections leading to strong and lasting relationships.
Overall, Aquamarine is considered to be the gemstone of love, relationships, harmony and balance, leading to a life of happiness.
Bloodstone is a Secondary Birthstone for March
Bloodstone is also known as Heliotrope. The name Heliotrope comes from the Greek word hḗlios for ‘Sun’, and the word trépein meaning ‘to turn’.
The stunning green of Bloodstone, flecked with red inclusions of hematite, produces a beautiful birthstone for March.
This gemstone has a long history, known in the late Classical period as the Stone of Babylon. In the Christian period it was known as the Stone of Martyrs, and in the 1st century, Pliny the Elder noted that it was used by magicians as a stone of invisibility. In the 4th century, Damigeron referred to Bloodstone as having many properties. These included an ability to make rain, to aid in divination and to help retain youth and health.
Bloodstone, unsurprisingly, is associated with our circulatory system. It is believed to help strength your circulatory system as whole. Naturally, this includes the heart, veins etc.
Along the same vein, excuse the pun, Bloodstone is also thought to strengthen your resolve, giving you the strength to face life’s battles.
Jasper is a Secondary Birthstone for March
The name Jasper is derived back through Old French and Latin to the Greek word iaspis that means ‘spotted stone’.
Jasper comes in a wide variety of colours and patterns. As such it lends itself to being used in many beautiful ways, making it an amazing birthstone for March.
Jasper has been used across the world throughout history. Back in the 4th and 5th millennium BC, bow drills were made from Jasper in Mehrgarh, a Neolithic site in Pakistan. Egyptians carved Jasper into amulets, and on Minoan Crete around 1800 BC it was carved into seals. The magical sword of Siegfried, the Norse dragon slayer, was decorated with Jasper. There is even some thought that the red stones on Aaron’s breastplate were actually red Jasper.
The gemstone Jasper has long been thought to have amazing healing properties. It reinforces that sense of well being that comes with good health. It’s Jaspers balancing energy that supports health and smooths out emotions. Any aggressive or negative feeling are subdued and controlled.
Jasper has also been used as a protective gemstone. It has been worn by people for thousands of years to help ward of all sorts if ills.