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March Birthstone: Aquamarine

The enchanting aquamarine birthstone for March has captivated the world for centuries. This oceanic-hued March gemstone comes in a range of colors from crystalline blue and cyan to pastel shades, evoking images of tranquil waters and the purity of the sea. Learn more about aquamarine birthstone, its history, buying tips and its symbolism.

The Stone of the Sea

The name aquamarine signifies the sea itself, originating from the Roman words “aqua,” which means water, and “mare” which means sea water. March’s gemstone brings a unique soft blue hue that evokes calm seas and lagoons. A member of the beryl family, aquamarine is the shining March stone with rich history and symbolism.
A March birthstone cocktail ring featuring 12 millimeter by 10 millimeter aquamarine oval cut center accented by two rows of pavé diamonds through the rose gold shank

March Birthstone History

Because of its deep associations with the ocean, the aquamarine birthstone is known as the sailors’ gem, promising ancient mariners safe and fruitful journeys at sea. During World War II, the U.S. navy commissioned a coastal patrol yacht, naming it the USS Aquamarine as tribute to the beloved gemstone and its ties to the ocean. A favorite among royals and nobility as well, aquamarine was particularly treasured by Queen Elizabeth II who chose to wear a pair of stunning aquamarine earrings at her coronation in 1953. 

 Holding sacred meaning to Neptune, the god of the sea, Romans believed aquamarines were born from the bejeweled caskets of his sea sirens as they emerged upon the shore. Ancient Greeks associated the March gemstone with Poseidon. 

 More recently, large aquamarine birthstones have been holding their own in museums and honored collections. In 1936, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was gifted a 1,298 carat aquamarine. This was the largest cut stone of this kind at the time. Then, in the 1980s, an even larger nearly 100 pound aquamarine was found in Brazil. It was eventually cut into smaller pieces with the largest receiving a fantasy cut from world famous Bernd Munsteiner. The massive, fantasy cut March birthstone is now in display at The Smithsonian National Museum and is known as the Dom Pedro Aquamarine. 


March Birthstone Color

Blue is the leading hue for March’s birthstone, aquamarine. These modern March stones are identified by their blue-based coloration, with gems displaying variations of this calming color. Most birthstones for March show the lighter shade of this gem, but its color can vary from soft blue to tones with green-blue as well. The darker the shade of blue, the rarer the aquamarine March birthstone. 

Bloodstone has also been associated with the month of March, once serving as the month’s less-common birthstone. The bloodstone March birthstone features at least two colors: a dark green main stone color with splatters of red or brown.  

The Spirit of Tranquility and Vitality

Birthstone meanings are often a little more modern than the gemstone’s historical meaning. March’s birthstone encompasses the spirit of the ocean in its current context, representing both the exhilaration of crashing waves and the serenity of calmer tides. Many believe that it inspires understanding and deep communication between people, also bestowing courage and bravery upon its wearer. A stone of truth and protection, aquamarine guards against evil thoughts and invokes creativity while heightening wisdom and intellect. Aquamarine inspires its wearer to feel as relaxed as the lolling of gentle sea waters, encouraging a spirit of compassion and kindness. 

March Gemstone Symbolism

The aquamarine birthstone for March symbolizes the ocean due to its iconic color. Many people believe that this stone offers calming energy, increased clarity and victory in legal situations or battles. Historically, March’s stone has been believed to quicken intellect and bring enhanced protection to its wearers. 

The less-common bloodstone birthstone also has unique symbolism. It is associated with strength, health and luck.  

Aquamarine’s Connections to March

March babies born through the 20th get the astrological sign Pisces. The fish symbol for this sign is perfectly fitting for the symbolism of March’s gemstone. Pisces are known for many positive qualities including their clear emotional awareness. The optimistic Aries also has ties to the gemstone’s symbolism, honing creativity and bravery that are often interlinked with the aquamarine's symbolism.

Gifting Inspiration for the March Birthstone

Treat someone you love—or yourself!—to some of the dazzling aquamarine jewelry we offer. These ideas will help you select a gift that will be cherished for generations.


With its mesmerizing allure, aquamarine jewelry makes a gorgeous gift for somebody special, whether they were born in the month of March or they simply enjoy the style of this gem. Associated with love, hope and protection, aquamarine is the gemstone that celebrates the 19th wedding anniversary, making it an exquisite gift to commemorate your special day. 

Some couples even choose an aquamarine engagement ring as a beautiful alternative to a traditional diamond ring. Make your love last forever with a March birthstone engagement ring, featuring a stunning aquamarine and shimmering pavé diamonds.
An aquamarine engagement ring is framed by a halo of pavé diamonds and set in leaf-shaped milgrained white gold


Jewelry featuring March’s stone makes the perfect birthday gift. Impress your loved one on their birthday with an aquamarine necklace personalized with their March birthstone. Choose from silver or gold necklaces featuring an enchanting aquamarine.
A March birthstone pendant necklace of a round aquamarine gemstone framed in sterling silver and detailed with sterling silver rope motif


Celebrate Mother’s Day with a gift of aquamarine earrings. Jewelry featuring March’s stone makes the perfect fit for moms of March babies including push presents, new baby gifts and Mother’s Day presents.
A pair of floral-inspired birthstone earrings showcasing aquamarine gemstones surrounded by a halos of alternating London blue topaz and diamonds as petals


Bring shining March birthstone gifts to any special occasion. Aquamarine jewelry makes the perfect gift for graduations, birthdays, holidays and any other occasion. This sturdy gemstone will bring calming beauty year after year.
A birthstone bracelet of oval-cut aquamarine gemstones separated by small infinity shaped links of white gold

Keep Your Aquamarine Jewelry Looking Beautiful for a Lifetime

• With a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, aquamarine has the durability to be worn everyday, but it should    be treated with proper care to maintain its beauty and prevent scratches. 

• With warm water and mild soap, gently scrub your aquamarine jewelry with a toothbrush
   to remove any dirt, dust or grime. 

• We are happy to offer complimentary cleaning and repair services with your purchase. 
   Learn more about how to care for gemstone jewelry in our helpful guide.

Aquamarine Birthstone Buying Tips

March’s birthstone is commonly found in Brazil, though it can be found in other parts of the world as well. When buying jewelry with March’s birthstone, follow these tips to find the perfect fit:

Purchase from reputable jewelry stores with transparent shopping processes
Look for even coloration throughout the gemstone
Choose a setting that provides security for the gem, such as gold or silver
Pay attention to gemstone cut and how it affects your aquamarine       

Learn More About Gemstones

Aquamarine is a popular choice among the birthstone jewelry we offer. Learn about other gemstones and choose a piece of stunning jewelry to love, and admire for years to come.

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