Aquamarine - March Birthstone

Happy Birthday, Aqua!


Did you know that although aquamarine has been popular for many years, there was a sudden spike in interest and popularity after Meghan Markle wore an aquamarine cocktail ring after her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.


This gorgeous piece once belonged to his mother, Princess Diana, along with a matching bracelet.


Let's take a closer look at this wonderful gem.


Princess Diana wearing a large emerald cut aquamarine ring holding a glass


Let's begin with some fun facts:

  • Aquamarine is a part of the beryl family (along with Emerald and Morganite)

  • Its colour ranges from blue to greenish blue

  • Aquamarine is derived from two Latin words: aqua meaning "water" and marina meaning "of the sea"

  • Most of the aquamarine on the market is light blue

  • Deeper blue colours (as pictured above) are typically more expensive

  • Almost all aquamarine on the market is eye-clean (no noticeable inclusions)

  • Aquamarine can be confused with a much less expensive stone, Blue Topaz

  • Aquamarine crystal structure is elongated, which is why it is typically cut into elongated shapes, such as emerald cuts, ovals and elongated cushions


two long aquamarine rough crystals on a white host rock on a black background

 

To find out more about why certain gemstones are only cut into certain shapes, visit my previous post: Let's get in shape!

 

Source

Brazil has been the world's most important source of aquamarine since 1811, with most mines located in the northeast Minas Gerais. This is where Princess Diana's aquamarine was sourced, along with other aquas in Queen Elizabeth II's collection.


Other, newer sources include Nigeria, Madagascar, Mozambique and Pakistan.



Woman's hand wearing a three stone engagement ring emerald cut aquamarine and diamond baguettes in white gold


Availability


Aquamarine forms in large crystals, with some specimens reportedly weighing up to 100 lbs. Consequently, it is available in a large variety of shapes and sizes making it perfect for large statement pieces such as cocktail rings as well as smaller jewellery items.


But don’t go too small, the smaller the stone, the lighter the colour looks.


Larger stones show more saturated colour. This is also the case for another stone from the beryl family - Morganite



Woman's hand wearing selection of pear shape engagement rings on her index finger, morganite aquamarine pink tourmaline engagement rings

 

Looking for a gorgeous Morganite Engagement Ring? Visit my previous posts:


How much is a Morganite Ring?

Is Morganite a good stone for an Engagement Ring?

 

pear shape morganite and diamond halo rose gold engagement ring next to pink flowers

 

The stunning Veronica Ring featuring a pear shape Morganite and diamond halo in rose gold can be purchased from our Ready-to-Wear Collection

 


Aquamarine Treatments


Aquamarine is heat treated in order to remove the unwanted yellow and brown colour and leave a purer blue hue. Due to the lack of inclusions in aqua, heat treatment is undetectable and the colour is permanent.


In order for the gem to receive an Aquamarine name, it must have a blue hue.


Untreated beryl which does not show a strong enough blue colour is sometimes sold as green beryl (below).


loose emerald cut green beryl on a white background


March Birthstone


Aquamarine is also known for the following traits:

  • helps spiritual awareness

  • calms, soothes, reduces stress and helps letting go

  • offers a sense of peace, tranquility and regeneration

  • linked to the making of new friends


 

Do you know what powers and qualities your birthstone holds?


To find out, visit my previous post titled What is my Birthstone?

 



Durability


In terms of hardness, aquamarine scores a 7.5 - 8 out of 10 on Moh's scale.


With sapphires and rubies at 9 and diamonds at 10, these can scratch your aqua if not stored properly or if they rub against each other.


 

Pro Tip: don't shy away from adding this unique gemstone to your collection, just be careful while wearing it

 


oval aquamarine diamond halo pendant and link chain in yellow gold on a white background

 

Looking for tips on how to keep you jewellery Clean and Damage-Free?


Get my FREE jewellery cleaning guide here

 



Is Aquamarine on your wishlist?


I would be delighted to hear about it!



To discuss your options, schedule a complementary, 30 minute connection call with me here


Looking for inspiration? Visit our Instagram page for more stunning jewellery ideas