Aquamarine is the March birthstone and the gem for a 19th wedding anniversary. Named after the Latin words aqua, translated as “blue,” and marina, meaning “of the sea,” the aquamarine comes in a variety of cool tones, from watery blues to pastel teals. Aquamarine and emeralds are in the same family of stones, beryl. Also included in this family are heliodor (yellow or golden beryl) and morganite (peach tones). Aquamarine stones can very in size, with some being over 100 pounds! The aquamarine has beautiful crystals, growing naturally in a six-sided prismatic shape. Faceted aquamarines are transparent and glassy, producing an unparalleled luster and sparkle.
Aquamarines have been valued for centuries. However, the sea green variety of the stone was more common in the 19th century, while the light blue hue is more popular today. The largest aquamarine stone ever, weighing 243 pounds, was found in Brazil in 1910. The Greeks and the Romans believed the aquamarine could calm stormy seas and keep sailors safe. In Medieval times, the stone was known to rekindle the love of married couples. In the 12th century, the aquamarine was believed to be a cure for poison, so many royals wore the stone as protection. Today, aquamarines are known to bring the wearer pain relief, motivation, and a quicker intellect.
The subtle, light hues and incredible sparkle of the aquamarine stone make it the perfect accessory. From rings, to earrings, to necklaces, our jewelers craft magnificent pieces displaying the stunning properties of the aquamarine! And now through the end of the month of March, save 25% on all in-stock aquamarine pieces!