This month's birthstone:
March Birthstone Jewellery
The word ‘aquamarine’ comes from the Latin for seawater and ancient folklore told that the gem would calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. It is still used as a protective stone at sea and for all forms of travel. This stunning gemstone ranges in colour from a greenish blue or a bluey green through to a pure blue and varies in tone from very light to quite dark.
Browse our birthstone jewellery collections
Amethyst birthstone jewellery14 Products
Aquamarine birthstone jewellery7 Products
Blue topaz birthstone jewellery8 Products
Citrine birthstone jewellery5 Products
Garnet birthstone jewellery5 Products
Pearl birthstone jewellery49 Products
Peridot birthstone jewellery10 Products
Ruby birthstone jewellery1 Product
Turquoise birthstone jewellery10 Products
Birthstones by month:
|June||Alexandrite||Pearl and moonstone|
|August||Peridot and spinel (added in 2016)||Sardonyx|
|November||Yellow or gold topaz or citrine||Topaz|
|December||Blue zircon, Blue Topaz or Tanzanite||Turquoise or Lapis|
The history of birthstone jewellery
Many experts believe that birthstones can be traced back to the Bible and the Breastplate of Aaron (the first high priest of the Israelites), as described in the Book of Exodus. The Breastplate was adorned with 12 unique gemstones that represented the 12 tribes of Israel and were said to have possessed great powers. It wasn’t until around 500 years later, however, that historians established a connection between the 12 stones in the breastplate, the 12 months of the year and the 12 zodiac signs. Possibly as early as the 8th and 9th centuries, people would own a collection of all the birthstone jewels but only wear a single stone during a given month, where it was believed to have increased powers. This could have evolved from Eastern traditions that believed birthstones could protect the wearer and give them powers. By the 16th century in Poland, wearing a particular stone each month to harness the stone’s heightened powers was widely recorded. Opinion is divided, however, on when people started wearing a single birthstone to represent their birth month.
In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers defined the modern birthstone list which remains virtually unchanged. Today, there are three separate lists of birthstones for each month: ancient, traditional and modern. Many of the gems overlap between lists however and people tend to choose between the lists depending on their taste and style.