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March Birthstones are Aquamarine and Bloodstone

Months in the Calendar

March Birthstones
Aquamarine and Bloodstone

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Months in the Calendar - March
Birthstones Aquamarine and Bloodstone

The piece below was designed by Princess Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria and is from an 1881 publication. 

March Month in the Calendar
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Today you can copy this idea using well crafted calligraphy skills or simply use a decorative font from the computer.  Add your own border using wrapping paper, decoupage or other sketching skills.




Martius is named after the roman god of war Mars.  In antiquity, March was the first month of the year. This was because March was the first month where fighting or war could be waged after the winter freeze.

Astrological Signs

Aries - March 22–April 20  Taurus April 21–May 21

March Birthstones are Aquamarine and Bloodstone

The beautiful aquamarine gem stone varies from deepest blue to water green blue tones. The deeper and more intense the tone of the blue the more valuable the stone in jewellery terms.  Deeper aquamarine birthstones are more expensive to buy, but make prettier pieces of jewellery and look more expensive.

Aquamarine gems have been thought to have great medicinal value and the stone is said to protect those with throat, gut and liver problems.

Derivation of aquamarine - Latin aqua meaning water and mare meaning sea. The stone is believed to protect wearers from drowning at sea or other perils.

Bloodstone is a quartz type and also called Chalcedony.  Chalcedony can be a pretty milky pastel blue or a milky aqua tone.  Chalcedony looks very attractive when set against pearls.

Birthstones of the Calendar

The name of many calendar months have Latin derivations.  Birthstones were initially linked to the Zodiac, but now are linked to calendar months.  Birthstone jewellery has always been thought to have magical powers within them with such powers passed to the wearer of the gem.  This idea has been revived by new age followers who extol the virtues of natural quartz crystals. They emphasise the importance of good harmony, energy, chi, balance, and healing.  In addition the stones are often very pretty!  Talismanic Jewellery has gained new importance since the millennium.

Individuals often feel special wearing jewellery corresponding to their own birthstones.  Many people develop collections based around a fondness for their own particular birthstone.  Some months of the year have two or three stones as birthstones.  New gems and semi precious stones have become more popular.  Cultures have merged and mixed so much in the past 100 years, that original lists of birthstones popular in any one country have tended to merge so that several stones are often featured in lists.

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