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Aquamarine – March Birthstone

As we welcome the month of March, we also welcome a birthstone that’s simply breathtaking: Aquamarine. This gorgeous gemstone is known for its delicate blue-green color and fascinating history and lore.

Let’s dive into the gemological facts. Did you know that Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family, which also includes emerald and morganite? It’s also quite durable, with a hardness of 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale, making it ideal for jewelry. Aquamarine is typically found in Brazil, Nigeria, Madagascar, and Zambia, among other locations. And the most valuable aquamarines have a deep, rich blue color and are free of any inclusions.

Speaking of rich history, the name “aquamarine” comes from the Latin words for “water” and “sea,” which is fitting considering the gemstone’s gorgeous blue-green color. Did you know that in ancient times, aquamarine was believed to protect sailors on long voyages and to bring them good luck? It was also thought to have healing powers and was often used to treat ailments such as liver and throat problems.

But let’s talk about some of the most famous aquamarines out there. Have you heard of the Dom Pedro Aquamarine, which is the largest cut aquamarine in the world? It’s a staggering 10,363 carats and is currently on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. And there’s the Martha Rocha Aquamarine, named after the Brazilian beauty queen who won the Miss Universe pageant in 1954. This gemstone weighs 134 carats and is considered one of the finest aquamarines in the world.

Aquamarine is a popular gemstone for engagement rings, as well as other types of jewelry. And why not? Its delicate blue-green color is both soothing and serene, making it the perfect gemstone for those who want to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to their wardrobe.  It is also notably the gemstone to celebrate the 19th wedding anniversary milestone.

March’s birthstone, aquamarine, is a stunning gemstone that has been cherished for centuries. Its beautiful color and rich history and lore make it a sought-after choice for jewelry designers and collectors alike. So why not consider adding an aquamarine piece to your jewelry collection? It might just become your new favorite gemstone!