Aquamarine – The Birthstone of March

March-born ladies, it’s your turn! It’s March so let’s explore this month’s birthstone, aquamarine.

Aquamarine is a light blue gemstone whose name originates from the Italian word for seawater, “acqua di mare.” It is a member of the beryl family of gemstones, which also gives us emeralds.

Aquamarine can range in color from pale blue to aqua green and in its natural state can have some yellowish tones to it. For jewelry use, aquamarine is often heated to remove the yellow tones and enhance the blue color. If it is overheated, it can lose all of its color.  Because of this, care should be taken with jewelry made using aquamarine, especially when the piece is being cleaned or repaired. Aquamarine is a hard stone, but it often has inclusions (other minerals inside the stone) which make it weaker and more vulnerable to cracking if exposed to sunlight or sharp blows. Higher quality aquamarine has fewer inclusions than that of lesser quality.

As with many gemstones, there is a good bit of folklore surrounding aquamarine. Greek and Roman sailors carried aquamarine with them because it was believed to ensure safe and prosperous journeys at sea. Even today, aquamarine is often a popular gift for people traveling across the ocean due to the idea that it will keep them safe. On land, it is thought to have a soothing effect on people and will help them through challenges. It is also thought to bring courage and is used as a “good luck” stone.

Today, aquamarine is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique, and Brazil. The most brilliant blue varieties of the gemstone come from Brazil.

Below you will see photos of two aquamarine pieces I have created and currently have for sale. They are simple pieces, but the color is beautiful and I think the color makes the pieces. They are great for wearing with jeans or dressing up for work or a night on the town.

What are your thoughts on aquamarine? Do you own any aquamarine pieces? Do you own them because they are your birthstone or because you like the color or the piece of jewelry itself?

Thanks for reading!

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