Birthstone for the month of March ~ Aquamarine

Birthstones are gemstones that accompany a birth month, each having a unique meaning and historical significance. The popularity of birthstones dates back to ancient times when civilizations believed that gemstones had incredible powers such as luck, health and prosperity.

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Aquamarines were believed to have originated from the jewel caskets of sirens, washed ashore from the depths of the sea. They were considered sacred to Neptune, Roman god of the sea. This association with the sea made it the sailors’ gem, promising prosperous and safe voyages, as well as protection against perils and monsters of the sea. Its first documented use was by the Greeks between 480-300 BC. They wore aquamarine amulets engraved with Poseidon (the Greek god of the sea) on a chariot.

Ancient Egyptians believed aquamarine was the stone of the sea-goddesses. Aquamarine stone amulets were worn for good health and pain relief and aquamarine gemstone beads were found in the mummy pits of Ancient Egyptians.

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“A march born shall always be

Soothed by Aqua, gem of sea

This mermaid’s treasured stone you wear

Will bring happiness, love, affection and care.”

 

In Ancient, as well as Modern times, the aquamarine is said to have countless positive effects on the wearer. Being a stone of courage its calming energies reduce stress and quieten the mind.  Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people.  It can invoke tolerance of others and overcomes judgmental attitudes, giving support to those overwhelmed by responsibility. 

Physical healing properties of aquamarine are believed to center on breathing. In fact, aquamarine is thought to be a "stone of breath." Aquamarine healing properties is said to alleviate respiratory tract, lung and sinus problems. It is also thought to alleviate allergies, hay fever, colds and bronchitis.

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Aquamarine is an excellent crystal for meditation and the awakening of paranormal abilities. It is helpful in inducing revelations, and some traditions claim it is possible to see your guardian angel through an Aquamarine crystal when it points to the north.