Aquamarine and the March Birthstone Guide to Jewellery

Aquamarine March birthstone ring and loose Aquamarines

What is the Birthstone For March?

Aquamarine represents the birthstone for March. Aquamarine birthstones are the blue variety of the gemstone Beryl. Translated, Aquamarine means “Sea-water,” a gem associated with the ocean. 

Contrary to some sources, Aquamarine is not one of the December birthstones. 

Many people associate the blue of an Aquamarine with water. Besides its connection as the March birthstone, Aquamarine makes a significant gemstone associated with a 19th wedding Anniversary. 

Twist engagement ring set with Aquamarine

Twist engagement ring set with an Aquamarine.

Collectors prized this gemstone since ancient times. Furthermore, it makes an affordable and fascinating choice for any item of jewellery. 

The name Aquamarine derives from the Latin words, aqua meaning ‘water’ and marina- meaning ‘of the sea’. 

Aquamarines have associations with Greeks and Romans, considered to be sacred to Neptune, the Roman God of the sea.

Origins of Aquamarine

The most valued examples of this gemstone come from Brazil, but it is also mined in Australia, Kenya and Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia.

Is Aquamarine lucky?

Sailors believed Aquamarine had a calming effect on the ocean. When confronted with the dangers of the sea, many sailors welcomed any good-luck symbol available. This beautiful gemstone carries with it luck and good fortune for many sea travellers for this reason. 

Health and Healing Gemstones

Aquamarine symbolises youth and the spirit of hope. Many people associate this beautiful gem with healing properties, faithfulness and lasting love. 

Moreover, many people carried this crystalline gemstone to cure ailments and promote good health. For example, healing conditions of the liver jaws, throat, stomach, and toothaches.

Romantic properties of Aquamarine

This incredible gemstone brought happiness to a marriage. Aquamarine’s connection between love and Romance makes this gemstone an ideal choice for jewellery.

Spirituality and clarity of thought

Aquamarine evokes purity connected with crystal-clear waters and the exhilarated feeling of relaxation associated with the sea. It is said to calm, soothe and cleanse— to inspire truth, trust and promote clarity of thought.

Loose Emerald cut Aquamarine stones

Loose Emerald-cut Aquamarines photographed for client. 

Blues, hues and varieties of Aquamarine

Aquamarines vary in colour. Variations range from light blue to dark blue or even dark green with overtones of blue. Most gemstones exhibit a blue to blue-green colour. 

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

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 feature the highest intensity of colour, rich in blue, originating from Brazil. A genuine Santa Maria Aqua has a colour nearing the depth of Blue Topaz. 

Many buyers value this unusual gemstone in naturally occurring deep blue colours. 

Also, Santa Maria varieties typically fetch higher prices owing to their rarity and prized colour.

 Deep blue Santa Maria Aquamarine set into a bespoke 950 Platinum ring. 

Pale blue Aquamarine stones

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. Owing to large crystal formations, typical for Beryl crystals, 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 gems – a perfect gemstone for all special occasions

For anyone born in March, there is a fantastic 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 individual pieces of jewellery as part of our customised jewellery design service.

Colourless Aqua

In addition to many colour variations, Aquas exist without an absence of colour. Bright white gemstones exist and make cost-effective alternatives to a diamond. 

Bespoke ring featuring a solitaire Emerald cut Aquamarine

9-carat Aquamarine set into an 18ct White Gold setting. Bespoke design from our bespoke collection of jewellery. 

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.
For most buyers, the most affordable option provides a pale blue gemstone cut in an assortment of shapes.

Platinum Aquamarine Ring

Bespoke Aquamarine Platinum ring

By way of example, the sizeable Emerald-cut gemstone ring above went into a bespoke solitaire ring commission. Our client received a wide choice of different sizes. We presented several options to view during a showroom appointment in Ryde.
Other clients living further afield benefit from our photographic service. We regularly send colour-balanced photos of gemstones in addition to short video clips.
Working remotely, we guide, inform and arrange new jewellery by phone and email using photography as an ideal tool.

This luxurious blue gem provides for almost any budget, available at most prices. By varying the size and depth of colour, we find a suitable gem for nearly every budget.

 

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. 

Like many gemstones, this gemstone can chip. But, consider the hardest gem diamond. Even diamond chips and breaks with sufficient force. 

Wedding Day uses for a blue gemstone.

One of our unique pendants perfectly fits one of the most popular wedding day traditions. The concept of finding something blue makes it a perfect choice added to a necklace for the big day. (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 necklace. 

Diamonds – the perfect companion gemstone for Aquamarine rings.

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

Aquamarine halo engagement ring

Ready-made Aquamarine and diamond halo engagement ring in Platinum.

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

Alternative birthstones for March

Bloodstone is very different when it comes to appearance, but shares a similar reputation for protecting well-being.

The aquamarine birthstone evokes the colours of the sea. From deep green-blue to light, slightly greenish blue hues, faceted aquamarines are often transparent, without inclusions and as clear as water, symbolising the purity of spirit and soul.

The bloodstone birthstone is typically a dark-green cabochon that contains red spots of iron oxide, the “blood” that brings health and strength to the wearer. Read on to learn more about these two March birthstones – what they mean and where they can be found.

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.