Aquamarine: The Birthstone of March

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Whilst traditionally there are two birthstones for those born in the month of March, it is Aquamarine that is most commonly hailed for its close embodiment to the ocean.

Aquamarine's aquatic associations derive from its mesmerising crystalline blue hues which is only further reinforced through its Latin 'aqua marinus', translating to 'water of the sea'. 

The story behind Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a blue-stone variety within the Beryl family and the colour variety seen in aquamarine from light, transparent shades to deep and rich earthy tones of the emerald family is caused by the presence of iron oxides within its chemical composition.

Deep teal Aquamarine indicates that there is more iron present within the its composition and tends to be more commonly found in larger stones of this variety.

Commonly sourced throughout the world, from Namibia, Myanmar (Burma) to Pakistan, the largest producer of aquamarine remains to be Brazil. Cuts of aquamarine that demand a high value within the industry show brilliance, are of strong and deep blue and green tones and are without visible inclusions. 

Grown in six-sided prismatic crystals, Aquamarine is then faceted to reveal the excpetional sparkle it is known for through its virteous lustre. Unsuprisngly, Aquamarine remains to be one of the most sought-after forms of beryl from furnishings to jewellery due to its large crystals and eye-catching brilliance. 

History & symbolism

In ancient lore, Aquamarine was described as a stone of new horizons and opportunities; a talisman compass for direction and a life force aiding us with the cleansing water energies to achieve our goals and dreams. Identified as a stone of spiritual healing and energy balance, aquamarine is renowned for cleansing the body and shifting limiting emotional patterns, opening up communication and enabling free expression.

As one of the most powerful gemstones aligned with the cleansing and clearing of the throat chakra, Aquamarine opens up the flow of energy between the body and soul enabling a release for free expression and profound connection to our emotions.

Due to its nature of coming in a variety of shapes and sizes, the use of Aquamarine within the Jewellery industry is extensive. The ethereal light blue tones of this precious gemstone beautifully compliment today’s trend focus of sterling silver and white gold collections. 

If there's one positive takeaway of this month so far, it's that the Aquamarine birthstone is still as enchanting as it's always been!

Source and image credits: americangemsociety, crystalvaults, jewelsforme, gia, pinterest


Sarah Salmon


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