March's Birthstone: Mad about Aquamarine
Some people have all the luck. If you were born in March you have the pleasure of enjoying and showing off March's birthstone - aquamarine.
A mixture between blue and green, it’s often compared to a light turquoise color. When it comes to jewelry, you’ll have no trouble finding a plentiful selection of aquamarine pieces in a variety of blue-green hues.
For hundreds of years it was called “The Sailor’s Stone,” due to its sea-like colors and was supposed to protect sailors and people traveling over water. At one time, people believed if this stone was emerged under water, it would have special powers.
Aquamarine was thought to be the magic stone to:
- Prevent excess water retention in the body
- Enhance the digestive function
- Promote mental clarity
- Support the kidneys, bladder and urethra
- Provide religious and mental inspiration, provide inner calm
- Improve public speaking
Across the pond
Queen Elizabeth II owns a matching set of aquamarine necklace, bracelet and earrings given to her by the Brazilian people shortly after her coronation in 1953. The Queen has since added a stunning matching tiara to complete her ensemble.
Wear and care
Aquamarine is tough and durable, making it an excellent choice of stone for rings and bracelets.
To revitalize the sparkle, avoid steam cleaning or excess heat. Make sure to clean your birthstone jewelry with mild dish soap and use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust can collect.
Our friends at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) have a comprehensive consumer website we recommend as an excellent resource.
Do you have a March birthstone? What special memories does your birthstone jewelry represent?