Although previously recognized as March’s birthstone, Aquamarine became the official birthstone of March in 1912, when the Jewelers Of America Association formalized a “modern” list of birthstones. Birthstones have changed over the centuries as different stones became less available or other stones became more desirable. As a matter of fact, before 1912, Aquamarine was considered one of October’s birthstones!
The name Aquamarine is from the Latin for water and sea - not surprising given its range of colors. Because of its coloring, most lore associates Aquamarine with the sea. Personally, the varied blue hues of Aquamarine remind me of a foggy morning sky here in the mountains. Regardless, Aquamarine has beautifully soothing blue colors!
Yes, although March has two birthstones, Aquamarine is the primary birthstone for those lucky enough to be born in March!
The original birthstone for March is Bloodstone, a dark-green gemstone flecked with red spots formed from iron oxide. Over time, Bloodstone became less available, and Aquamarine became the primary official birthstone for March. Now, March babies have two birthstones to choose from!
Yes, all of my handmade jewelry is hypoallergenic. Sterling Silver is an alloy that does not contain nickel, and nickel free jewelry is considered hypoallergenic. All of my handmade natural stone jewelry is made with nickel free materials! If you would like to learn more about hypoallergenic jewelry, see my article Hypoallergenic & Nickel Free Jewelry.
Aquamarine with its soft blue colors is one of my favorite stones. Read all about why Aquamarine is one of the the most popular natural stones used in my jewelry!