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The birthstone for March is the Aquamarine, a brilliant gemstone that ranges from deep blue shades to light turquoises. Along with emeralds and morganite, the aquamarine is a green-blue variety of the mineral beryl. The gem is mined mainly in Brazil but it also found in Nigeria, Zambia, Madagascar, Pakistan and Mozambique. Often regarded as the gemstone of serenity, the name aquamarine derives from Latin words aqua (water) and marina (sea) to mean seawater. Sailors would often wear them in the belief that it would guarantee them a safe voyage. The aquamarine gem is also said to have emotional and psychological healing effects and helps people to reconcile their differences with others. As a result, the aquamarine has historically been a gift to new brides to wish eternal love and unity upon their marriage and it is still used today to create stunning engagement jewellery.
As light-coloured and partially transparent gemstones, scratches show up very easily on aquamarine gemstones and so it is important to wear and store them with care. We advise not to store them with any other gemstones as this could cause scratches. However, the visibility of any light damage can be reduced by simply washing the gemstone. Aquamarine jewellery can be very easily cleaned by soaking it in warm water with dish soap for a couple of minutes and then cleaning the stone gently with a soft bristled toothbrush. The jewellery should be rinsed gently but thoroughly to ensure the removal of any excess soap. Chemicals such as alcohol and ammonia can damage the gemstone so be sure to use gentle products when caring for your jewellery.
Aquamarine is usually given as a gift to celebrate the 19th wedding anniversary
In the medieval era the greener the aquamarine the more valuable it was deemed to be, whereas now the bluer the aquamarine the more expensive it is.
The largest aquamarine crystal mined to date was in Brazil. It is approximately two feet in length, weighs almost 60 pounds and has been named the Don Pedro
If you’re interested in birthstones, take a look at our Gemstone Guide.