Aquamarine: The Calming Stone of March

Aquamarine, the birthstone of March, is a beautiful, ethereal gemstone- evoking the colors and mood of the sea.

Its name comes from the Latin words “aqua” and “marina”, meaning “water” and “sea” respectively. Aquamarine is a variety of beryl, the same mineral family as emerald, and can range from light blue to deep blue-green in hue.
Aquamarine has a long history of being associated with the sea and sailors. Ancient Romans believed that aquamarine would protect them from storms and calm the waves. They also thought that aquamarine would bring happiness and harmony in marriage. In the Middle Ages, aquamarine was used to ward off poisoning and to enhance the intellect. Aquamarine is also said to have healing and soothing properties, as well as the ability to reveal the truth and enhance communication.
Aquamarine is not only the birthstone of March, but also the traditional gift for the 19th wedding anniversary. Aquamarine jewellery is often prized for its clarity, sparkle, and large size. Some of the most famous aquamarines in the world are the Dom Pedro, a 10,363-carat obelisk-shaped gem that is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution, and the 1,298-carat rectangular-cut aquamarine that was given to Eleanor Roosevelt by the Brazilian government in 1936.
Aquamarine can be found in many places around the world, but Brazil is the most important source of this gem. Other countries that produce aquamarine include Pakistan, Madagascar, Nigeria, and the United States. Aquamarine is usually cut into various shapes, such as oval, emerald, round, cushion, and pear. The most desirable colour for aquamarine is a deep blue or blue-green, but lighter tones are also popular.

Stunning in its raw form and a firm favourite of mineral collectors! Aquamarine jewellery has a timeless and elegant appeal that suits any occasion.



MOHS SCALE: 7.5-78

ORIGIN: Brazil, North America, Africa, India, Russia, Nepal

The colour comes from trace amounts of Iron in the stone- although it is typically greenish blue in nature, it may be heat treated to remove any yellow components. Aquamarine is pleochroic, meaning it shows different colours in different crystal directions. Heat treatment minimizes this effect and optimizes its fall-in-love-with-me-blue hues…

Its hardness makes it a very durable and wearable gemstone!

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