March Birthstone Aquamarine

Aquamarine March Birthstone

Aquamarine named after seawater, aquamarine’s fresh watery hue is a cool plunge into a refreshing pool.
Blue to slightly greenish-blue variety of the mineral beryl. Crystals are sometimes big enough to cut fashioned gems of more than 100 carats. Well-formed crystals might make superb mineral specimens.

Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater and it was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. March’s birthstone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages. The best gems combine high clarity with limpid transparency and blue to slightly greenish blue hues. Like many beryls, aquamarine forms large crystals suitable for sizable fashioned gems and carvings.

BIRTHSTONES & ANNIVERSARIES

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and the gem of the 19th wedding anniversary.

MINERAL: Beryl

MOHS HARNESS: 7.5 to 8.0

Birthstone Aquamarine
Aquamarine is the blue variety of the mineral beryl. – Courtesy Pietre Preziose e Fini

The name “aquamarine” is derived from two Latin words: aqua, meaning “water,” and marina, meaning “of the sea.”

It has been said that the mineral beryl gives the wearer protection against foes in battle or litigation. It makes the wearer unconquerable and amiable, and also quickens the intellect.

Aquamarine
The Dom Pedro aquamarine in the vault at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

THE HEALING POWER OF GEMSTONES

According to folklore and stories throughout history, many gemstones are thought to offer mystic healing to its wearer.  So whether shopping for a gift of fine jewelry, or considering a gift for yourself along the way, consider the healing properties of these fine gemstones. Birthday gemstones may not bake your cookies and wrap your gifts for you, but they will make you feel better while doing so.

Aquamarine Healing Powers – Aids the liver, throat, stomach, jaw, teeth, eyes, and ears. Aquamarine is also known for releasing fear, calming nerves, and bringing mental clarity.