March Birthstone Story from Zales
A great deal about March is special, including its gorgeous gemstone. The March birthstone is the elegant and icy-blue colored aquamarine.
From ancient to modern times, March is known as the month of transition. After all, weather moves from the cold winds of winter and begins easing towards the bright, warm colors of spring.
Birthstone for March History and Origin
Due to its association with the first day of spring, March used to be the first month of the year in the Roman calendar. January became the first month of the calendar year around 700 BC. Today, this beautiful month of change is the third month of the year.
Earning its name from the Latin phrase "aqua marinus" which means "water of the sea," this gemstone displays a sparkling ocean-like blue color. Tying into its name, the aquamarine birthstone embodies all things connected to the sea.
Ancient folklore painted this birthstone as a treasure of mermaids. As such, sailors favored the aquamarine gem for good luck, fearlessness, protection and safety while at sea. To this day, aquamarine is used to protect those who travel by, over or near water. So wearing aquamarine while flying internationally or while taking a cruise is on-trend!
How is Aquamarine Made?
Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family of minerals, ranging from a blue to blue-green in color. It forms in beautiful crystals that can be totally transparent. Aquamarine birthstones also form into stunning crystals, creating some of the most beautiful mineral masterpieces.
Interestingly, the aquamarine is often found completely flawless, unlike the emerald which can be flawed. Exposing duller or greenish colored beryl to high temperatures changes the gemstone's color to aquamarine.
In fact, most aquamarine jewelry pieces use heat-treatedheat treated stones to achieve that characteristic color. Brazil is the largest producer of aquamarine. It can also be found in Russia, China, Africa and the United States in mainly Colorado and California.
What is the March Birthstone Meaning?
Aquamarine is a calming stone, said to bring about peace. It inspires truth and trust which help facilitate clear, heartfelt communication. Because of this, some advise wearing aquamarine jewelry during a confrontation.
The light blue gem is also said to help people overcome the fear of speaking. This makes it the perfect gift for family and friends who are teachers or presenters.
This gorgeous stone also has ties to love and happiness. Historically, the aquamarine birthstone was considered a stone of eternal youth and happiness. With a deep connection to love, aquamarine jewelry is often given as a sign of love and devotion.
The birthstone for March makes a beautiful eternity ring and is said to increase commitment and fidelity. As such, the aquamarine birthstone is also believed to enhance the happiness of marriages. You can celebrate a 19th wedding anniversary with aquamarine jewelry, too.
Most notably, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, wore an eye-catching aquamarine ring to her wedding reception. Supposedly, that piece of jewelry belonged to the late Princess Diana
In 1936, the Brazilian government gave First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt an aquamarine that weighed 1,298 carats. It featured a beautiful dark blue rectangular step-cut gemstone. This stunning aquamarine birthstone is now housed at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York.
More recently, Justin Timberlake designed an aquamarine and diamond engagement ring for his bride, Jessica Biel. The six-carat diamond ring is flanked by March birthstones set in black platinum. Timberlake included aquamarines in the design to pay tribute to Jessica's March birthday.
Always a Stunning Choice
A popular choice for rings, earrings and bracelets, aquamarine simply glistens. This gemstone is both fresh and modern. Aquamarine stones look beautiful set in any precious metal, including white gold, rose gold and yellow gold.
The March birthstone is also a gorgeous option for more vintage-inspired settings or when used in personalized jewelry styles. Of course, a cocktail ring or simple gemstone stud is also a beautiful way to show off your aquamarine.
For this reason, the aquamarine birthstone has decorated the outfits of celebrities and famous icons for centuries.
Aquamarine Jewelry Care
The Aquamarine is a tough gemstone that stands up very well to every day wear. There is no special care required for the aquamarine. However, there are best practices for cleaning.
For best results, clean your March birthstone with a soft brush, mild detergent and warm water. Ultrasonic and steam cleaning is usually safe.
Shop March Birthstones
Icy and elegant, aquamarine jewelry is a thoughtful choice for those born in March, or for those simply drawn to the brilliant blue gem. Typically, the darker the aquamarine birthstone hue, the more expensive the stone will be. This is a general rule for all gemstones, but especially for the aquamarine.
At Zales, you'll find a breathtaking array of March birthstone jewelry including rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more. The aquamarine always makes a fantastic birthday gift or Daddy/daughter surprise gift. Explore more gift ideas and March birthstone jewelry at Zales.com or at your local Zales retail store.