March Birthstone: Color and Meaning

Birthstone for March

By by Martie Majoros
February 24, 2021
Aquamarine gem

March’s birthstone is aquamarine, a beautiful blue-green stone with a calming, soothing energy. In ancient times, this aquatic-blue stone was believed to protect sailors on oceanic voyages. 

March Birthstone Color

Aquamarine is a semi precious gem that comes in colors of the sea (from the Latin, aqua for water and marina for sea), usually found in light blue to a deeply saturated blue. The soothing blue-green hues of the watery depths are captured forever in these jewels.

Aquamarine is a mineral beryl forming from cooling magma deep inside the Earth. Beryl has many beautiful gem varieties: intense green emerald, blue to blue-green aquamarine, golden yellow heliodor, rare red beryl, and pink morganite.

Photo credit: Tiffany & Co.


Aquamarine Symbolism

Early sailors believed that aquamarine talismans, etched with the likeness of the sea god Neptune, protected them against ocean dangers and drowning. According to a related legend, ancient sailors believed that mermaids’ tails were made of aquamarine.  The gem was called the “Treasure of Mermaids” with the control to make the sailors secure at the sea.

Perhaps because of its tie to water, the aquamarine is thought to exude a calming, soothing influence; the stone helps the wearer stay more cool and level-headed during stressful situations. 

Many cultures believed that aquamarine had a relaxing influence on land, particularly on married couples. It could reawaken love. It was also a symbol of everlasting youth. Place your aquamarine under a full Moon, to help restore its look and renew its energy.

In Roman times, aquamarine was used to alleviate digestion, overeating and reduction of body fluid retention, and stomach diseases; all one had to do was drink the water in which the gem had been soaking. It could also heal your heart, thymus, lymph nodes, throat, and immune system. 

The aquamarine’s healing energy is linked to the throat chakra, and is thought to also help the wearer with communication and self-expression.

If you dream of an aquamarine, you will soon make new friends.


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