Whichever March birthstone you choose, you’ll find the nugget has interesting quirks. While one brings luck at sea, another stops nose bleeds. Even the alternative stone brings protection from venom!
Find out which is which! Click any link to take you to more info on this page.
This shade of blue is a symbol of health and healing.
When you think about light blue in nature (blue skies, clear waters, and so on) you can also see where the symbolism of tranquility comes from... which is one of the aquamarine birthstone's meanings too.
According to the big dogs in the world of gemstones, the two official birthstones for the month of March are aquamarine and bloodstone (as you can see from the official birthstone list).
However, many ancient traditions also used jasper - which interestingly enough has a lot of similar properties and meanings as the bloodstone.
Courage, Spiritual Power, Health, Good Luck
The aquamarine birthstone is believed to expel fear and anger, and bring a sense of calm and spiritual awareness to the wearer. It is also a symbol for charity and cleansing.
Aquamarine is also considered a symbol for “mizpah”, which means “God watch over us both while we are away from each other.” This is a beautiful symbolic gift for people in long distance relationships or who have loved ones living far away.
Sailors used to believe this was the “mermaid’s treasure” and kept it for good luck and protection while at sea. Some still use it as a good luck charm when traveling around water.
Courage, Clarity, Abundance, Health, Youth
Bloodstone is said to bring bravery, wisdom, luck, prosperity and strength to the one who wears it. Many believed it also had the power to dispel confusion, disorder, anger and sadness.
Anciently, cultures believed that the bloodstone could change the weather, maintain health, and keep blood flow in check – stopping nose bleeds, congealing open wounds, and even stop the worst of hemorrhages.
An interesting virtue, many used to believe it would make the wearer more influential – whatever he said was believed and whatever he asked for he got! He would also be protected from deception and from the anger of his enemies.
Sounds like a good stone to have around. :)
I know it isn't on the official list, but so many world cultures included jasper in their birthstone choices that I felt it wouldn't be fair to leave it out. It is actually very similar to the bloodstone in its mythology.
Success, Luck, Faith, Truth, Love Returned
Jasper was believed anciently to bring rain and stop hemorrhages (hmmm… sounds a lot like the bloodstone so far eh?). It was also once believed to help with stomach issues, repel evil spirits, and draw the poison out of venomous bites.
The modern birth flower for March is the daffodil. Known for its bright yellow color and spunky shape, it is said to represent the sun and also stand as a symbol of the brightest, happiest love ever.
The traditional March birth flower is the ever faithful violet.
It also happens to be February’s modern birth flower (click here to read more about violet’s meaning).
Sources: See citation notes on the Birthstone Color Chart page.