Aquamarine—a gemstone that brings to mind Caribbean waters and clear blue skies—is lucky March babies’ beloved birthstone. In honor of those who were born during this time, we’re shining the spotlight on this stunning gemstone!
Aquamarine, or “aqua marina” in Latin, means “seawater” or “water of the sea.” This term originates from the early 18th century, around the beginning of the Georgian era. These bluish stones are a variation of Beryl, which means that they are related to emeralds. Aquamarines come in a range of colors, from the palest blue to darker blue-greens. They are mostly found in Brazil, but they are also frequently found in Africa, Asia, and even Colorado, where it was adopted as the state gemstone in 1971.
Aquamarine has a rich history that is full of myth, superstition, and reverence. Aquamarine used to be referred to as “The Sailor’s Stone,” not only due to its distinctive blue color, but also because ancient sailors used to believe that the stone would protect them from disasters at sea. This belief must be well known amongst sailors, since the USS Aquamarine was in service during World War II. It was a coastal patrol yacht commissioned by the United States Navy, named in honor of the gemstone and its connection to the sea.
There are many that still believe in the spiritual and metaphysical qualities of gemstones. Aquamarine is believed to provide mental clarity, which soothes the body and mind. They believe that Aquamarine has potential healing properties and that owning this precious gemstone will yield general good health.
Some of the most famous aquamarine gemstones belong to Queen Elizabeth II. At her coronation in 1953, the President of Brazil gifted the Queen with a stunning aquamarine necklace and matching earrings. The gems, which are joined together with platinum and diamonds, are the embodiment of luxury. The Queen loves them so much that she has since added to her collection an aquamarine bracelet, a brooch, and a stunning Garrard aquamarine tiara.
If you are looking for a gift for someone born in the month of March—or if you simply desire a stunning piece of jewelry—you can’t go wrong with aquamarine. This light, versatile gem will be great to wear this spring when temperatures begin to rise and the flowers start to bloom.
Brilliant Earth offers one-of-a-kind vintage aquamarine rings, which serve as beautiful engagement rings or stunning gifts for any occasion. The blue gemstone makes them particularly unique, and would be perfect for a bride-to-be who was born in March.
To everyone born in the month of March, Happy Birthday!