March Birthstone – Aquamarine

If you are born in March you are surely lucky to have such an incredible birthstone as Aquamarine! Read on to find more about it….

Gemme Couture - Multi-Color Earrings, Rings and Necklaces with Tourmaline, Aquamarine, Sapphire and Iolite

Multi-Color Earrings, Rings and Necklaces with Tourmaline, Aquamarine, Sapphire and Iolite from Gemme Couture

The month of March is associated with a beautiful birthstone – Aquamarine. The word aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. So basically – seawater. The name tells the story of its magnificent color. Some call that color “pastel sky blue” or simply “the color of the sea”. Either way what can be more peaceful?

Dom Pedro Aquamarine 1

Large aquamarine crystals have been found all over the world, but the largest is said to be found in Brazil in 1980’s. People say it has been more than a meter long but the miners dropped it by accident breaking it in 3 pieces. The largest one of them is preserved and is known as “Dom Pedro Aquamarine”. This exquisite stone weighs 10,363 carats and is 14 inches tall and 4 inches wide.

Aquamarines can be in a range of blues. Darker shades of blue are pretty rare so those aquamarine stones are more expensive. Usually aquamarine is a pastel gemstone, but larger pieces tend to be of a more vivid color than the small ones.

Aquamarine – seawater

Aquamarine is mainly mined in Brazil, but also in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique. Like emerald, this gemstone is actually a variety of a mineral called beryl. Aquamarine grows in large, six-sided crystals that can be up to a foot long, making it a great gem to be cut and polished in larger carats for statement pieces of jewelry.

raw aquamarine

Raw Aquamarine

 

For centuries, Aquamarine has been a symbol of youth, hope, health and fidelity. The color of aquamarine represents eternal life. This gemstone is said to have a soothing influence on married couples, so it is a great anniversary gift.

It is only logical that a gemstone with the color of seawater is said to protect sailors. The  blue or blue-green color of Aquamarine helps with cooling the temper, and making the wearer calm.

Byzantine Ring

Byzantine Ring – gold pearls and aquamarine, Made in Constantinople in 12th–13th century, today in Metropolitan Art Museum

The Sumerians, Egyptians, and Hebrews all admired aquamarine, and many warriors would wear it into a battle so they could get out of the war as winners. Many ancient medicines used powder made from aquamarine to help cure different kinds of infections.

Aquamarine is also used as a symbol in Tarot. For those who like meditation, aquamarine should help cultivate inner tranquility and help achieve harmony between spiritual and physical.

Throughout history people believed Aquamarine has healing powers

In the Middle Ages people believed in a lot of  things that today may seem rather strange. One of those beliefs is that by wearing aquamarine a person can be saved from poisoning. Romans carved the shape of a frog into pieces of aquamarine jewelry and believed that it will empower them to reconcile with enemies and make new friends.

Gemme Couture - Aquamarine and gold ring

Gemme Couture – Aquamarine and gold ring, Candy Collection

Weather you believe that aquamarine has all of these powers or not – it is a magnificent gemstone to have. The color of the aquamarine complements perfectly any skin tone and all of the colored metals. That’s why a lot of celebrities wear aquamarine jewelry!

Celebrities wearing aquamarine jewelry

Jill Zarin bought Elizabeth Taylor’s aquamarine Ring

Jill Zarin liked Elizabeth Taylor’s giant aquamarine ring so much that she bought it

kate hudson at 2016 people-s choice awards aquamarine earings

Kate Hudson wearing Aquamarine Earrings at 2016 People’s Choice Awards

Kristine-Elezaj-Aquamarine-Ring

Kristine Elezaj wearing astonishing Aquamarine ring at Grammy’s

Ariel Winter diamond, aquamarine, ruby and pink tourmaline earrings

Ariel Winter wearing diamond, aquamarine, ruby and pink tourmaline earrings to the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards 

Kate-Hudson-Aquamarine-ring

Kate Hudson (again) wearing beautiful aquamarine ring

Jessica Biel aquamarine and diamonds bracelet earrings and necklace

Jessica Biel aquamarine and diamonds bracelet, earrings and necklace

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