A Closer Look at March Birthstones & 2019 Spring Jewelry Trends

by Nancy Plante February 22, 2019

A Closer Look at March Birthstones & 2019 Spring Jewelry Trends

People born in March have two birthstones: aquamarine and bloodstone. These March birthstones look very different from each other, but they share a reputation for good health, healing, and hope.

Aquamarine and bloodstone jewelry are perfect additions to your spring jewelry collection. Their icy blue and deep green colors complement the bright hues of spring. Aquamarines resemble the green-blue colors of the sea, while bloodstones are dark green with red inclusions. Let’s take a look at each one of these beautiful birthstones of March, including their history and how to wear them. 

March Birthstone: Aquamarine

aquamarine ring

Aquamarines are popular for their clarity and transparency and are usually faceted and free of inclusions. The stone’s name comes from the Latin word “seawater,” and it’s easy to see why—the color of an aquamarine can range from a pale pastel blue or green-blue to a deep blue shade, reminiscent of the water and sky. Darker aquamarines are rare and more valuable. Smaller stones are less vivid than bigger ones. A symbol of health, hope, and purity of spirit, the aquamarine is used to celebrate 19th wedding anniversaries.

The ocean-blue gemstone has a history of creating inner tranquility and invoking calmness. It is believed to protect sailors and ensure safe voyages. People in the Middle Ages thought that wearing aquamarine jewelry was an antidote to poison, and ancient medicines contained powder from the gem to cure infections. Warriors wore aquamarine into battle to bring them good luck. It was even believed the stone could reawaken love between two people. Considered an aid to mental and spiritual health, aquamarines are used in meditation and recommended for spiritual alignment.

How to Wear Aquamarine Jewelry

aquamarine ring

The pale blue color of aquamarine complements any skin tone, and may be worn as a neutral tone. Some wearers find this to be an advantage as it can be worn every day. It coordinates well with brown tones in clothing, as well as pastel colors. The aquamarine is a gorgeous accent to spring and summer wardrobes and can be combined beautifully with other gemstones. Consider unusual and pretty pairings such as aquamarine with pearls, green tourmalines, or blue sapphires.

This gemstone is becoming more popular than ever—Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle wore Princess Diana’s stunning emerald-cut aquamarine ring on her right hand on her wedding day, representing her “something blue.” The ring was given to her by Prince Harry as a wedding present and was worn as a tribute to his mother.

March Birthstone: Bloodstone

March’s second birthstone is bloodstone. A powerful healing stone, bloodstone is a dark green opaque cabochon with iron oxide spots. Known as a heliotrope—an Ancient Greek word which means “to turn the sun”—bloodstone is usually a deep, earthy green with red specks. Sometimes known as Blood Jasper, it comes in various cuts and shapes.

Bloodstone is considered an amulet of protection and strength. The Babylonians used bloodstone to make amulets, and prized it for its healing powers, particularly blood disorders. Ancient Egyptians believed that wearing this magical, mysterious stone helped them to defeat their enemies and even become invisible during battles.

Wearing the stone is thought to give protection from bullying and provide courage during confrontations. An aid in decision making, wearing bloodstone jewelry can increase mental clarity, heighten intuition, and revitalize the body and mind. Some athletes cherish bloodstones as a lucky charm, and it is prized by those who wish to increase their physical strength.

How to Wear Bloodstone Jewelry

Bloodstones look wonderful as a pendant or brooch and make great additions to a beaded bracelet or necklace. A traditional gemstone for men’s signet rings, bloodstone looks wonderful with silver. Many people enjoy wearing bloodstone daily due to its healing and protective properties, so be sure that the gemstone is secure and mounted correctly.

It is believed that wearing bloodstone offers protection against internal and external enemies. Bloodstone is also thought to relieve anxiety, and so it’s recommended to be worn as jewelry that has some weight to it or moves a bit, such as a pendant or earrings. The weight enables you to be physically conscious of your bloodstone and provides a calming effect in times of stress or anxiety.

2019 Spring Jewelry Trends

Since spring is just around the corner, it's a good time to get on board with the latest jewelry trends. Here are some 2019 spring jewelry trends to consider:

flowers jewelry trend for spring

  • Floral jewelry designs—Embrace the spring season with delicate floral jewelry. Create a statement by choosing clothing that pairs with the colors and motifs of your floral jewelry.
  • Colored enamel jewelry—With or without gemstones, enamel jewelry is all the rage right now. Texture can be added by making patterns in silver or gold before applying the enamel and allowing the textured design to show through. Plique-à-jour enamel resembles stained glass. The enamel is fused into the openings of a metal filigree. This type of enamel offers a delicate beauty and is more fragile.

link bracelet

  • Chains and link jewelry—Jewelry made of chains and links of various shapes and sizes are a hot trend for spring. While chain and link necklaces and bracelets are quite common, you can also have chain-link earrings and rings! One new way to wear this trend is with a chunky choker necklace—the chain is much shorter and thicker than the delicate necklaces shown in recent years, making a bold statement.
  • Hoop earrings—Always in style, today’s look calls for heavier, more dramatic hoops.  They show up well with short or longer hair. Hoops are available in all metals, as well as several styles, from “endless” hoops with no visible clasp to posts and hinged post styles. 

celestial jewelry spring jewelry trend

  • Celestial jewelry—Moons and stars are time-honored motifs, and they are so decorative and pretty on jewelry. Whether they are simple cutouts or bejeweled, detailed pieces, they are fun to wear and on trend. Delicate celestial pendants and necklaces are easy to layer. Or, choose a simple pair of moon or star studs to follow the trend in a more understated way.

  • Drop earrings—Long dangles that swing and sway are a must for your spring jewelry wardrobe. Combined with gems, beads, or gold or silver elements, drop earrings are fun to wear with lighter fabrics and colors.

When changing your jewelry for the seasons, it’s always a good idea to have your jeweler check any pieces that haven’t been worn in a while. Not only will this ensure that clasps are tight and gems are secure, but it is also an opportunity to have your baubles cleaned and polished so they look their best!

Plante Jewelers offers a wonderful selection of lovely March birthstone jewelry to match your personal style. March birthstones make the perfect gift for your March-born friends and family year-round. Our custom jewelry designers in Swansea, Massachusetts can help you create an aquamarine or bloodstone piece that is purely your own.

Nancy Plante
Nancy Plante


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