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What Birthstone for March? Aquamarine

What Birthstone for March? Aquamarine

Discovering Aquamarine: The Enchanting Birthstone of March

Aquamarine, with its ethereal blue hues, mirrors the tranquil beauty of the sea, especially that of icy sea water, and therefore embodies the soothing and enchanting effect the ocean has on us.

This blog gives a quick overview of this fascinating gem, exploring its unique properties, geographical origins, and the mystical healing powers it's believed to possess. Oh, and you don't have to be born in March to love and wear aquamarine : )

The Essence of Aquamarine

Stunning sea blue aquamarine clear and faceted against a black background

Aquamarine belongs to the so-called beryl family of gems, which includes some of the most prestigious gemstones like emerald and morganite, common to all is that they are gems composed of beryllium aluminium silicate.

Aquamarine is know for its stunning light blue hues spanning from the mesmerising tones of the sea to the light blue sky of early spring over a calm ocean.

The name 'aquamarine' stems from the Latin words "aqua" meaning water and "mare" meaning sea, perfectly encapsulates its connection to the watery realms.

The clarity and transparency of aquamarine further enhance its oceanic link, making it a gemstone that truly captures the essence of the waters. 

Geographical Treasures: Where Aquamarine is Found

Soft blue aquamarine gemstones

Aquamarine is found across the globe, from the towering peaks of the Himalayas to the rugged terrains of Brazil. Brazil, in particular, is famed for its rich deposits of aquamarine, with the Minas Gerais region being a notable hotspot.

Other countries contributing to the aquamarine treasure trove include Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique, each offering gems with distinct characteristics and colours reflective of their unique landscapes and its grounds composition.

A Gemstone with Healing Powers

Aquamarine is not only treasured for its beauty but also for the healing properties it's believed to possess.

Historically, sailors carried aquamarine as a talisman to ensure safe passage across stormy seas, invoking its protective powers.

Within the belief of crystal healing, aquamarine is associated with soothing and calming energies, believed to help overcome the fear of speaking, making it a gemstone of communication and expression.

Its gentle blue hues are said to promote mental clarity and emotional balance, fostering a sense of peace and tranquility in the wearer. Pretty good for a small blue gem if you are feeling rather stressed.

Aquamarine in the Limelight: Famous Adornments

Image of Queen II from Wikimedia Common wearing her Aquamarine Jewellery set gifted by Government of Brazil

Image from: Wikipedia Commons: https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?search=queen+elizabeth+II+with+aquamarine&title=Special:MediaSearch&type=image

The allure of aquamarine has captivated many, including royals and celebrities who have showcased stunning pieces of aquamarine jewellery.

One of the most famous aquamarine enthusiasts was late Queen Elizabeth II, who was gifted an exquisite aquamarine necklace and earrings set by the Brazilian government at her coronation, later the set was to include a diadem.

Hollywood A-listers have also cast their love on aquamarine, with stars like Angelina Jolie and Blake Lively gracing red carpet adorned with captivating aquamarine jewels, further cementing its status as a gemstone of elegance and allure.

Caring for Your Aquamarine

To preserve the beauty of aquamarine, proper care is essential. Being a relatively hard gemstone, it withstands daily wear well, but it is still susceptible to scratching and damage.

It's thus advisable to clean aquamarine jewellery with warm soapy water and a soft cloth, avoiding harsh chemicals and ultrasonic cleaners.

Storing aquamarine pieces separately will ensure they remain unscratched and lustrous, ready for their next big night out.

Aquamarine: A Gemstone for All

A custom aquamarine and freshwater pearl design from RAW Copenhagen

Aquamarine and freshwater pearl bracelet, a custom order from RAW Copenhagen

The enchanting beauty of aquamarine makes it a beloved gemstone for various types of jewellery, from engagement rings to elegant pendants and earrings that add a touch of tranquility to any ensemble.

The versatility and timeless appeal of aquamarine makes it a cherished gemstone for both everyday wear and special occasions.

Conclusion: The Enduring Charm of Aquamarine

Aquamarine, with its serene beauty and soothing energies, continues to enchant and captivate. As the birthstone of March, it holds a special significance, offering a connection to the tranquil and rejuvenating energies of the sea. Whether adorned for its aesthetic appeal, cherished for its healing properties, or valued for its historical and cultural significance, aquamarine remains a gemstone that transcends time, inviting you to delve into its captivating depths.

Embrace the tranquil beauty of aquamarine, and let it guide you through life's journeys with its calming and protective embrace, irregardless of which month you are born in.

Mixed small gemstone and keshi freshwater pearl necklace from RAW Copenhagen

Keshi Pearl and Mixed Gemstone Necklace

Currently I only use aquamarine in the pearl mixed gemstone necklace seen below, but always reach out, if you would like any of my designs made with aquamarine and I am happy to give you a quote quickly, simply write to me at raw@rawcopenhagen.co.uk

 

Karina 
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