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A Brief Guide to March Birthstones

March is the month that fills our souls with renewal, just as the country itself fills itself with the hope and promise of Spring. The cold is dissipating and the flowers are again ready to bloom. The basketball season is winding to an end, and a birthday in the month of March means sharing your best day with the spirit of new things and new beginnings. March is short on holidays, but it is known as Women’s History Month, though the amount of attention and observance this gets may vary from place to place. However, without the distractions of other major holidays, the March birthday boy or girl is free to enjoy their special day and celebrate it with the vigor it deserves. And with that in mind, here is a look at the birthstones of March.

March Modern Birthstone: Aquamarine

March Birthstone AquamarineIf you’ve ever spent any time in the Bahamas or any other location where the sea is the turquoise translucent color of the sky, you’ll have no trouble understanding why the March modern birthstone is called aquamarine. This beautiful gemstone can bring about a feeling of tranquility and safety to those needing it, making it the perfect jewel for those embarking on a dangerous or frightful task. It has also been said that the March birthstone can bring love back to a failing relationship, which might be something to keep in mind if you know a marriage on the rocks.

March Traditional Birthstone: Bloodstone

Though the name conjures a jewel that could be confused with a deep ruby, the bloodstone is actually dark green with flecks of red sparkled within the gem. The story goes that the jewel got its red flecks from the blood of Christ at the time of the crucifixion. In some circles, because of this legend, it is also known as the martyr’s stone.

March Alternate Birthstone: Red Jasper

Red jasper, much like Aquamarine, is known as a protective gem, and is supposedly infused with the spirit of guarding. This handsome stone is the logical progression from the bloodstone, and is colored red (naturally), with swirls of black, making it one of the most popular gemstones among the goth crowd.