Aquamarine and the March Birthstone Guide to Jewellery

Aquamarine March birthstone ring and loose Aquamarines

What is the Birthstone For March?

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. It is the blue variety of the gemstone Beryl. Translated, Aquamarine literally means “Sea-water” and has long been associated with the ocean. Understandably, colour is at the forefront of this association. In addition to March’s birthstone this beautiful gemstone associates with the 19th year of a wedding anniversary.

Romantic properties of Aquamarine

Aquamarine symbolises youth and the spirit of hope. In addition, this gem is associated with good health, faithfulness and lasting love. Interestingly, Sailors believed it had a calming effect on the ocean. When confronted with the perils of the ocean, many sailors welcomed any good-luck symbol available. Finally, it was believed to help bring happiness to a marriage. Aquamarine’s connection between love and Romance makes this gemstone an ideal choice for jewellery.

Loose Emerald cut Aquamarine stones

Loose Emerald cut Aquamarines photographed for client. 

Blues, hues and varieties of Aquamarine

“The best gems combine high clarity with limpid transparency and blue to slightly greenish blue hues.” (Gemological Institute of America).

Furthermore, the most valuable Aquamarine possesses a medium tone, vivid and blue in hue.

9-carat Aquamarine ready to be set into a bespoke solitaire diamond ring setting. 

Santa Maria Aquamarine

Santa Maria Aquamarines features the greatest intensity of colour, rich in blue, originating from Brazil. In addition, Santa Maria varieties typically fetch higher prices owing to their rarity and prized colour.

Pale blue Aquamarine

Paler blue varieties are generally more affordable than equivalent stones of a deeper colour. Light blue shades come from Brazil, Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique. Interestingly, owing to large crystal formations, typical for Beryl, it is possible to source Aquamarines in large gemstone sizes.

aquamarine and diamond engagement ring

Aquamarine and diamond engagement ring featured in our ready-to-wear collection.

Aquamarine – a perfect gemstone for all special occasions

For anyone born in March, there is an amazing opportunity to create a unique and affordable item of jewellery. The birthstone for March comes in most sizes, gemstone cuts and in a variety of hues. Regularly, we create unique items of jewellery as part of our custom made jewellery design service.

Bespoke ring featuring a solitaire Emerald cut Aquamarine

9 carat Aquamarine set into an 18ct White Gold setting. Bespoke design from Serendipity Diamonds. 

Aquamarine perfectly suits special occasions celebrated in March. Birthdays, anniversaries and Mother’s Day to name just a few. Many buyers favour Aquamarine owing to cost. Compared to diamonds, this gemstone is far more affordable in large sizes. Furthermore, it is possible to source diamond-cut varieties of this gemstone.

 

Is Aquamarine a durable gemstone for jewellery?

Aquamarines possess a ‘good’ toughness for jewellery in general. Furthermore, this popular gemstone suits rings, earrings and pendants. For example, one of our unique pendants perfectly fits one of the most popular wedding day traditions. (Read more about the Something-Blue pendant)

The something blue pendant shown in its box ready to be sent.

 The ‘Something Blue’ aquamarine and diamond pendant—engraved on the reverse of the pendant. 

Diamonds – the perfect companion gemstone for Aquamarine rings.

Diamonds are a great choice to set with an Aquamarine. We choose the whitest possible colour grade for each diamond to contrast with the cool blue of the aquamarine. For example, D to F colour diamonds provide a perfect whiteness grade.

Typically, we set Aquamarines with diamonds—in White Gold or Platinum. Aquamarine and diamond engagement rings often feature a round or fancy shaped stones, held between diamond shoulders. Alternatively, it makes an excellent alternative choice for a halo diamond engagement ring. Interestingly, this gemstone looks very similar to the colour of an ice-blue diamond.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website.