Meaning and Historical Facts Around the March Birthstone – Aquamarine

March Birthstone Aquamarine

If you are born in March, we say we envy you! The month holds the honor of having one of the prettiest looking gemstones as its birthstone. Surcharged with an undeniable vibe of calmness and serene, the march birthstone looks exceptionally beautiful. The oceanic colors immediately transport the senses to the beautiful landscape of far and wide water, stretching ends to meet the sky. If we may call the birthstone the apt amalgamation of nature’s most spectacular beauty coming together, it won’t be an exaggeration.

The stone’s natural color palette is not too expansive. Usually, one may find aquamarine in greenish-blue, pale-blue, blue-green shades to a deeper blue or green. Endorsing such flourishing colors, it looks particularly sophisticated when embellished in metals like white gold and platinum. Aquamarine jewelry is also gifted to commemorate the 19th wedding anniversary. Luckily for our stars, the gemstone is widely popular and adorned irrespective of the birth month, given its stunning appearance and benign symbolism.

Introduction to the March Birthstone, Aquamarine

Aquamarine derives its name from the Latin phrase meaning seawater, justifying its glossy luster and water-like transparency.  Like the deep green emeralds, pinkish morganite, and the citric-yellow heliodor, aquamarine is also composed of the mineral beryl. What lends it the most magnificent blue-green color one might have ever seen is the varying iron traces in the beryl crystals. Interestingly, up until the 19th century, saturated green aquamarine was highly valued. But now, the more intense and uniform the blue is, the higher is the worth of the stone.

Symbolism Behind Aquamarine – The ‘Treasure of the Sea’

Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Hebrews have all exhibited an inarguable penchant for the beautiful gemstone. Romans believed it to be sacred to Neptune, their ‘God of Sea’. Throughout history, the gemstone aquamarine has been held reminiscent of the sea and the sense of tranquility that it bears. Sailors and seafarers would carry the stone with themselves for their safety on long voyages, ensuring the sea remains calm and they endure good fortunes in their pursuits.  

Just as water is considered pure, wearing aquamarine brings purity of soul and heightened conscience. It enhances a person’s strength of character, instilling righteous virtues to differentiate right from wrong. Egyptians were of the thought that wearing aquamarine makes one invincible. Historians discovered aquamarine beads in the graves of Egyptian mummies, testifying this belief. Romans believed in the healing process of the stone and would use it to cure ailments. Prophets and crystal gazers would call aquamarine the ‘mirror of magic’ and see through it to foretell people’s futures.

March Birthstone – A Stunning Gemstone for Jewelry

Aquamarines are mined in their natural state as big, six-faceted crystals found in rock veins. They are a jeweler’s delight as their size makes it plausible to cut, shape and structure them in so many ways, adding up to the versatility of the stone in jewelry styles. Elaborate designs can be created by setting the conspicuous aquamarine piece in metal, letting the marine gemstone be the cynosure of eyes.

The cool tones and the subdued class of aquamarine make it very desirable to those who have a certain evolved taste in jewelry. The most common cut styles for the gem are emerald cut, followed by oval, round, and pear shapes. With a weight of 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, aquamarine is quite a durable stone to be worn regularly. Gabriel and Co. houses an inimitable collection of rings, bracelets, pendants, and earrings featuring the brilliant march birthstone.

March Birthstone Aquamarine

This marvel of beauty is just as classic a jewelry design as it gets. A gleaming round-cut aquamarine stone sits in the center, majestically enveloped by a halo of pave shimmering 0.20ct diamonds. The 18-inch long cable chain necklace holding the center pendant falls perfectly on the neckline, accentuating any look to perfection. The design stands out for its unparalleled charm and the versatility to be styled uniquely in many ways.

March Birthstone Aquamarine

This heavenly necklace is a soothing sight for any beauty connoisseur. Crafted in 14k white gold, the pristine light blue aquamarine stone is the highlight of this necklace. The gemstone is horizontally set amidst a 0.12ct pave diamond halo that brings out the brilliance of the stone even better. Held by a cable chain, the magnificent sparkle of the necklace makes it a gorgeous gift to someone you love dearly.      

March Birthstone Aquamarine

Aquamarine Earrings with Hexagon Diamond Setting

Epitomizing classic grace, these hexagonal stud earrings are beautifully crafted in 14k white gold. The round center aquamarine diamond shines brilliantly, wrapped around by a pave diamond halo setting. For women who prefer carrying their everyday jewelry to occasion wearing, these earrings are a must-have in their jewelry collection.

March Birthstone Aquamarine

A vintage ring with a captivating aquamarine gemstone in the center of a pave diamond halo setting. The 14k white gold band is halfway embellished with slightly protruding diamonds, set in a triangular frame. The pleasant aquamarine is a deviation from the diamond rings and that’s what makes them interesting. For women desirous of flaunting colored stones in their jewelry, this ring can prove to be a unique selection.

Care and Cleaning of Aquamarine Stone

Aquamarine is a decently robust stone that ranks just close behind others like emeralds, sapphires, alexandrite, topaz, and diamonds in hardness. If you possess aquamarine jewelry, feel free to wear it as your daily ornaments without any worries. For a home cleansing ritual, a mild shampoo or a soapy dish wash with lukewarm water shall be all you need to take the dirt off your precious jewelry bearing the March birthstone. Keep a soft bristled brush handy to whisk away any dirt in the corners. One may even ascribe to ultrasonic cleaning or steam cleaning of their jewels if the stone does not carry any ruptures or fragile inclusions. And as goes with all jewelry, refrain from exposing your valuable stones to chemical-laden fragrances, sprays, or body mists.

Keeping the stone bare to direct sunlight for too prolonged periods often leads to fading of the stone’s natural color and turns it lighter.             

Interesting Facts About the Oceanic March Birthstone

1. Most of the aquamarine found naturally comes in light shades of greenish-blue to blue-green. The more giant crystals carry a darker, saturated color, and they are highly valued. 

2. The largest aquamarine stone was discovered in Marambaya, Brazil, in 1910 and weighed almost 243 pounds. It was cut into numerous smaller gems, weighing a whopping 2,00,000 ct. 

3. Brazil is the largest producer of aquamarine globally, with many mines spread across the country’s landscape. 

4. Apart from Brazil, other main contributors include Colombia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Madagascar, Pakistan, Zambia, and Mozambique. 

5. Roughly, a 1-carat aquamarine stone costs around $675 per carat, while a 2-3 carat stone would be worth $1000-1500 dollars. The price increase about 40-60% with each carat growth. 

6. The world’s largest cut faceted aquamarine gem is the famous Dom Pedro aquamarine. The stone was mined in Pedra Azul mines in Brazil’s Minas Gerais in 1980 and was named after the Brazilian emperors Pedro I and Pedro II. 

7. Greeks were the first to use aquamarine in their ornaments around 480-300 B.C. They would wear aquamarine amulets carrying an engraving of Poseidon, the Greek God of Sea, sitting on a chariot.

8. In Germany, the stone was briefly used in glasses to cure short-sightedness. 

9. During the Middle Ages, the Romans utilized glistening aquamarine crystals as an antidote to poison. 

10. The Santa Maria Aquamarine stones are the rare intensely saturated, blue-colored variety of the precious birthstone. These are highly valued and prized.  

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