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Aquamarine: March’s Maritime Birthstone

What better birthstone to represent the vacillations of March than the aquamarine, its luminous blue green color is in turns icy and lush, representing both the glacial depths of Winter and the first trembling drops of Spring rain?

What better birthstone to represent the vacillations of March than the aquamarine, its luminous blue green color is in turns icy and lush, representing both the glacial depths of Winter and the first trembling drops of Spring rain? It’s the ultimate stone to represent water in all forms, even down to the name: Aquamarine literally translates to the Latin for “sea water.” In fact, it’s so perfect for March, it’s shocking that it wasn’t the month’s initial birthstone —  the honor originally went to bloodstone, a violently named red-speckled green type of jasper that was jettisoned in the early 20th century for the more peaceful vibes of the aquamarine. 

Rough aquamarine often occurs as beautiful six-sided crystals. Source: GIA

Tying with the emerald for the most well-known member of the beryl family, the presence of different irons in the normally colorless mineral create the spectrum of gentle cyan hues we associate with aquamarine. It’s been found in mines all over the world, but Brazil has the title for both the largest deposits and the single biggest hunk of aquamarine ever found, weighing in at an incredible 243 pounds. (If, like us, you have trouble picturing that, then just simply imagine a fully mature South American fur seal which clocks in at around 242 lbs. You’re welcome.)

The calming blue of aquamarine has made it an ideal stone for all sorts of delightful historical uses. The most obvious: Sailors carried it on ships to help assuage the tempestuous mistress that is the sea, throwing the stones in if a particularly nasty storm arose. The most unusual use (but also kind of obvious considering this was in the 14th century): antidote for poison. Honestly, we recommend just going around making random bets with people about 14th century gem use because it’s easy money — the answers are always one of the following: antidote for poison or warding off madness. (Sometimes both.) And the most romantic use? Easy: The Romans believed it absorbed the early energy of young love and recommended it be worn throughout the years of marriage so even as you aged, the ardor of youth would remain. Swoon. 

Long considered an oracle stone, the aquamarine aids in meditation, and helps to achieve resolution with difficulties. It provides a sense of calm to the nervous soul. (Also for the nervous stomach: Aquamarine is said to quell digestive problems better than ginger ale and Saltines.) It’s also the ideal material for a crystal ball, if you’re into fortune telling. 

Though we could go on endlessly about the vivid azure hues and harmonious properties of the astonishing aquamarine, we could never say it better than Pliny the Elder did 2,000 years ago. The Roman philosopher and naturalist extraordinaire described the gem as “…seeming to have come from some mermaid’s treasure house in the depths of the summer sea.” 

Technically March’s birthstone, the aquamarine is a gem for all months: It’s the icicle in glacial Winter, the rain that signals the verdant blooms of Spring, the refreshing cool waters we seek in Summer’s heat, and the dew drops of Autumn before the frost returns. 

Loren NicoleHeket Amulet Ring

This stunning Loren Nicole ring features a frog carved into a luscious blue aquamarine by a master lapidary, representing the Egyptian goddess of magic Heket who was known as the protector of mothers and children. Interestingly, the Romans believed that a frog carved into or from aquamarine helped to make friends of the most vicious foe, so you can really do a lot with this ring.


Objet-aCurb Chain Earrings with Aquamarine and Morganite

Gently dangling chains adorned with faceted blue and pink stones make these Objet-a earrings little works of wearable art.


Hannah GAquamarine Square Ring

This minimalist Hannah G. ring features an aquamarine the same color of the blue sky on a perfect summer day. As long as you’re wearing it, you’ll always feel a little sunshine on your face.


MillapaniAgua Hoop Earrings

Blue-green water drops of aquamarine dangle hypnotically from these Millapani hoop earrings. The stone is said to help strengthen the eye, so you’ll have a good excuse when you’re caught staring at them in the mirror for the millionth time.


OnirikkaDouble O Mirror Ring

Do you imagine yourself in old Hollywood movies, acting out romances with Clark Gable and declaring war on Bette Davis? Then channel your inner Joan Crawford (who infamously loved bold aquamarine jewelry) with this Onirikka ring. Featuring two stunning infinity pool stones set in golden arms, this ring will get you noticed in any role.


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