March's Birthstone: Aquamarine

March is a month that heralds the arrival of spring, symbolizing new beginnings and fresh starts. It's fitting that the birthstone for this transformative month is aquamarine, a gem renowned for its serene blue hues reminiscent of clear ocean waters. Beyond its beauty, aquamarine holds a rich history and a wealth of symbolism, making it a cherished choice for jewelry. Let’s dive into what makes aquamarine a perfect gemstone for March and explore how it can enhance your jewelry collection.

The Allure of Aquamarine

Aquamarine, derived from the Latin words "aqua" (water) and "marina" (sea), truly lives up to its name. This captivating gemstone is a variety of beryl, sharing its family with other notable gems like emerald and morganite. Its color ranges from pale blue to deep blue-green, with the most prized specimens exhibiting a vivid, clear blue that captures the essence of tropical seas.

One of the most appealing features of aquamarine is its clarity and luster. Unlike many other gemstones, aquamarine typically forms with very few inclusions, resulting in a stone that is exceptionally transparent and brilliantly reflective. This clarity enhances its sparkle, making aquamarine jewelry particularly eye-catching.

Pictured: Heart Shape Aquamarine Necklace

Historical and Symbolic Significance

Aquamarine has been treasured for centuries, not just for its beauty but also for its supposed mystical properties. Ancient sailors believed that aquamarine was a talisman for protection, calming waves and ensuring safe passage across stormy seas. It was also thought to bring good luck and promote a harmonious marriage, making it a popular gift for brides.

In terms of symbolism, aquamarine is associated with tranquility, clarity, and harmony. It is believed to calm the mind, reduce stress, and enhance communication, making it a wonderful stone for those seeking peace and balance in their lives.

Pictured: Aquamarine Diamond Halo Stud Earrings

Famous Aquamarines in History

Some of the world's most famous aquamarines have fascinating stories. The Dom Pedro aquamarine, named after Brazil’s first two emperors, is the largest cut aquamarine in the world, weighing an astonishing 10,363 carats. It is renowned for its deep blue-green color and incredible clarity. The British royal family also boasts an impressive collection of aquamarines, including a stunning aquamarine tiara gifted to Queen Elizabeth II by the people of Brazil. These famous aquamarines are testaments to the gem's enduring allure and majestic charm.

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Caring for Your Aquamarine Jewelry

Aquamarines are a practical choice for everyday wear due to their hardness and durability. However, like all precious gems, they require proper care to maintain their brilliance. Regular cleaning with mild soap and warm water, combined with gentle brushing, will keep your aquamarine jewelry sparkling. It's also advisable to avoid exposing aquamarines to harsh chemicals or prolonged sunlight, which can affect their color. Professional inspections and cleanings annually will help ensure your aquamarine pieces remain in excellent condition, a service our skilled jewelers are happy to provide!

Pictured: Aquamarine Stackable Band

At Carter’s Collective, we celebrate the timeless beauty of aquamarines. Whether you're looking for a birthday gift, anniversary gift, or just wanting to treat yourself, shop our collection of aquamarines online or visit us in-store today!