Not only do those born in March have a beautiful birthstone, but the color itself ushers in the beginning of spring, reminiscent of melting ice and rushing waters.
The fascinating thing about aquamarine is how it’s mood can change from a rustic reminder of the powerful force of water to a type of ceremonial gem when cut to the strict standards of faceting.
This is a raw aquamarine crystal. Notice how some areas are quite blue, while others are lighter. The white areas when cut into gemstones are known as Milky Aqua- as used in the hexagonal shape above.
Darker more saturated areas are reserved to be cut into fine gemstones with many facets, and have a higher monetary value, as shown in the Arabesque ring below.
The type of blue varies as well. The aquamarine ranges from a nearly green to bluish green to a crisp sky blue.
Aquamarine is in the same mineral family as emerald- Beryl. Aquamarine has trace of iron, giving it is blue color, while emerald has traces of Chromium and or Vanadium giving emerald its distinctive green color.
Aquamarine is found most abundantly in Brazil, but there are deposits in Pakistan, Russia, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Zambia and Colorado in the US.
Aquamarine is a hard stone, being 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale.
It is hard enough to wear as an everyday ring, but just be aware that it can scratch if scraped against anything harder.
It’s one of our favorite gemstones due to it lustrous color and its connection to water; aqua (meaning water) and marine (meaning of the sea).