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.
March's Birthstone: Aquamarine
A mixture between blue and green, it’s often compared to a light turquoise color. Aquamarine stones are considered more valuable as the blue color intensifies. When it comes to jewelry, you’ll have no trouble finding a plentiful selection of aquamarine pieces in a variety of blue-green hues.
This beautiful blue stone can be cut in a variety of ways, however, aquamarine stones are mostly cut in an emerald shape or round or oval brilliants.
Myths & Folklore
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
The Royal Family
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.
Photo courtesy of The Court Jeweller
How to Care for Aquamarine
Aquamarine is tough and durable, making it an excellent choice for rings and bracelets.
To revitalize the sparkle, avoid steam cleaning or excess heat. Make sure to clean aquamarine jewelry with mild dish soap and use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust can collect.
If you're looking to learn more about aquamarine, our friends at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) have a comprehensive guide we recommend as an excellent resource.