For those of you who were born in March, you are blessed with one of the most beautiful and mysterious of all gemstones. Aquamarine is one of the most coveted stones by modern jewelry designers due to its inherent beauty and its ability to complement almost every skin tone.
Its color varies from a very pale blue, to blue or green-blue, to a very dark blue or green-blue. The more vibrant and intense it is in color, the more valuable the stone. The word aquamarine is derived from Latin, referring to seawater. The Romans believed it was a lucky charm and it was often worn by sailors who told tales of the finding the stones in the treasure chests of mermaids. However, over time, the stone became a symbol of strength and protection for women in their marriage.
Aquamarine’s vibrant blue color comes primarily from its iron content, and the purity of that color draws a clear connection with the consistent blue color of the sky. This connection makes the stone a potent symbol of serenity and eternity. The sky and its direct reflection of the blue sea give aquamarine the life-sustaining symbolism of water as well. Thus, aquamarine symbolizes all the most important elements necessary for sustaining an enriched life: friendship, trust, and harmony. Of course, no life is fully enriched without a happy and healthy marriage. Therefore, when worn by a married woman, this stone is said to bring wealth and joy to her marriage.
Like emerald, aquamarine belongs to the beryl family. However, unlike emerald, aquamarine is often found completely free of inclusions. Heavily included aquamarine is strictly reserved for beads and carvings. Most gem quality aquamarines are eye-clean with a profound transparency and lustrous shine. This purity and perfection harken the clear blue waters of the Caribbean, giving the stone a true sense of luxurious serenity.
There is no limit to the number of ways an aquamarine can be cut. However, in order to properly exploit its virtues, aquamarines are most commonly found as emerald cuts, round brilliants or oval brilliants. An emerald cut aquamarine has a way of subtly showing off its perfect clarity and transparency, while a round brilliant aquamarine brings out its diamond-like sparkle, and an oval brilliant aquamarine brings out a little bit of both.
So there you have it, a birthstone with ancient history, modern appeal and a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it a timeless beauty.