The March birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone. Aquamarine is blue or blue-green — its name comes from the Latin word aqua marinus, which means water of the sea, referencing its tranquil blue color. Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, is dark green with red specs, hence its name.
Aquamarine meaning and history
Aquamarine is the primary March birthstone. It is said to promote courage and communication and enhance clarity. It is associated with the throat chakra, and is supposed to lessen fear of speaking and enhance articulation.
Legend has it that aquamarine stones came from mermaid tales, which is why they were considered good luck charms for sailors. Sailors used to carry aquamarine to ensure a safe journey. Some still associate aquamarine with safe travels.
Aquamarine is part of the beryl family, as is emerald. It can be found in many places around the world including Brazil, Australia, China and Pakistan.
Aquamarine birthstone jewelry is a great gift to remind someone to be confident and courageous in all situations.
Bloodstone meaning and history
Bloodstone is the secondary March birthstone. It is known for its healing and cleansing properties. It’s also associated with enhancing energy and strength. The bloodstone is tied to the root chakra, which is associated with feeling safe and grounded.
In the Middle Ages, bloodstones were associated with the crucifixion of Christ. According to the legend, when Christ was crucified, blood dripped onto the green ground, and this red-green stone was formed.
Greeks and Romans wore Bloodstones during athletic games to increase their strength and endurance. They are most commonly sourced from India, but can also be found in places like Brazil, China and Australia.
Bloodstone is a good birthday gift for someone who would value a reminder of their strength.
March zodiac signs: Pisces and Aries
The March zodiac signs are Pisces (February 19 – March 20) and Aries (March 21 – April 19). The symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in a circle and the symbol for Aries is a ram.
Pisces are extremely creative people. They are empathetic and like to make decisions based on their intuition and emotions rather than logic. They are very adaptive, nurturing and compassionate. However, their idealism can get the best of them. Since they are overly trusting, they may believe lies that people tell them.
For a Pisces birthday, give a gift that fosters their creativity like a painting class or concert. Since Pisces are sensitive people, they’ll also appreciate a romantic gesture like a candlelit dinner.
Like its symbol the ram suggests, Aries are courageous and strong. They tend to be enthusiastic, fearless and move at a fast pace. That being said, Aries can also be single-minded and have difficulty determining when it is time to move on.
Since Aries are energetic and carefree, a gift that plays to these qualities would be fitting for their birthday. Try a spontaneous trip or high-adrenaline activity like skydiving.
March birth flower
The March birth flower is the daffodil. The daffodil is a fitting flower, since its cheery, yellow and white colors coincide with the arrival of spring.
Daffodils symbolize rebirth, new beginnings and prosperity. They are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring. They also bloom around Chinese New Year, which is why they’re a symbol of good luck in China.
March Fun Facts
It’s common knowledge that spring begins at the end of March, but what else do you know about March? Here are a few fun facts:
- Historians believe that March was named after Mars, the god of war.
- March Madness, the annual college basketball tournament, begins in mid-March. In 2017, about 70 million brackets were filled out and about $10.4 million were bet on the games.
- March is National Craft Month.
- St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th.
Famous Birthdays in March
- Justin Bieber, singer – March
- Jessica Biel, actress – March 3
- Shaquille O’Neal, athlete – March 6
- Albert Einstein, scientist – March 14
- Bruce Willis, actor – March 19
- Reese Witherspoon, actress – March 22
- Peyton Manning, athlete – March 24
- Lady Gaga, singer-songwriter – March 28
- Vincent van Gogh, artist – March 30
Now that you know all about March birthstones and symbols, do you know what to get the March birthday boy or girl? If you need some more inspiration, take a look at our birthday gifts and birthstone jewelry.