The birthstone for March is aquamarine or bloodstone, the birthflower is daffodil
The name "aquamarine" is derived from the Latin “aqua” meaning "water" and “mare” meaning "sea", because it looked like the colour of sea water. Aquamarines were said to have washed ashore from the depths of the sea, where they decorated the jewel caskets of sirens. They were considered sacred to Neptune, god of the sea. This association with the sea made it the 'sailors’ gem', promising prosperous voyages, as well as protection against perils and monsters of the sea. Aquamarine is said to help to remove emotional toxicity and encourage feelings of inner peace.
Bloodstone is a stone with red spots which resemble drops of blood, so it is received its name due to this similarity. In the Middle Ages, bloodstone was attributed special powers as the spots were thought to be the blood of Jesus Christ. It was used in sculptures representing flagellation and martyrdom. It is also the traditional birthstone of the Pisces.
Bloodstone is used to help one become more knowledgeable in the ways of the world.
Daffodils are the national flower for Wales and the official 10th wedding anniversary flower. Our native daffodil is smaller than many garden varieties but is still a striking sight in early spring, growing in woods, fields and orchards. It is also known as the 'Lent lily' since it often blooms and fades within the Lenten period.
It symbolises creativity, inspiration, renewal and vitality, awareness and inner reflection, memory and forgiveness.