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March Birthstone Jewelry Buying Guide

natural green and blue marquise cut aquamarine gemstone image

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Marquise Aquamarine Gemstone

Round Aquamarine Gemstone

Fancy Aquamarine Gemstone

Pronunciation: AH-KWA-MAH-REEN

Any contemporary jewelry designer can tell you that Aquamarine jewelry is in constant demand. Aquamarine symbolizes the seamless clarity and transparency of the ocean waters, and it is the big sister of the beryl family (whose relatives also include Bixbite, Goshenite, Emerald and Heliodor). Although the deeper shades of blue are rarer and generally command higher prices, many prefer the oceanic hues of Brazilian Aquamarine, as they provide a true reflection of the sea. Either way, the gentle luster and delicate tones of Aquamarine are a majestic contribution to any gemstone collection. Aquamarine’s subtle colors are particularly well suited to jewelry in prominent display, especially Aquamarine drop earrings and Aquamarine pendants. Aquamarine is the anniversary gemstone for the 19th year of marriage. Commonly known as the March birthstone, Aquamarine is linked to and Pisceans and Aries.

Aquamarine Gemstone Variations

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A history of water. The Aquamarine has long been associated with its ability to capture the energy of the ocean. When Aquamarine amulets and Aquamarine pendants were worn by sailors, they believed that unmatched bravery would be instilled in their souls. In some areas, these jewels accompanied their owners while out on the high seas, and in the event of a storm, were tossed overboard to subdue the Greek god Poseidon’s anger. Thailand’s culture contains a common belief that Aquamarine jewels can ward off seasickness and prevent the wearer from drowning. Also, Aquamarine is considered to be a purification and cleansing gemstone that washes the mind with fresh clear thoughts. It also promotes self-expression.


Aquamarine comes from the mineral beryl. On the Mohs scale, Aquamarine is rated at a 7-8 for hardness. (The Mohs scale of mineral hardness was devised by German mineralogist Frederich Mohs in 1812. He selected ten minerals because they were common or readily available and rated them. The scale is not linear, but arbitrary.) That hardness makes it very tough and protects it to a large extent from scratches. Iron is the substance which gives aquamarine its color, a color which ranges from an almost indiscernible pale blue to a strong sea-blue. The more intense the color of an Aquamarine, the more value is put on it. Some Aquamarines have a light, greenish shimmer; that too is a typical feature. However, it is a pure, clear blue that continues to epitomize the Aquamarine, because it brings out so well the immaculate transparency and magnificent shine of this gemstone.

Care and Cleaning

The best way to clean Aquamarine jewels is with soapy water. Steam cleaners work well with these gemstones, however ultrasonic cleaners will damage these gems.

Aquamarine Fame

Every now and then, large Aquamarine crystals of immaculate transparency are also found with a magnificent color, a combination which is very unusual in gemstones. Very infrequently, sensationally large Aquamarine crystals come to light in Brazil. One such crystal of 110.5 Kg was found in 1910 in Marambaia/Minas Gerais, or for example there is the 'Dom Pedro', weighing 26 Kg and cut in Idar-Oberstein in 1992 by the gemstone designer Bernd Munsteiner. This is the largest Aquamarine ever to have been cut.

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