March is a month of water, with snow and ice melting and spring rains beginning. There is no better gemstone to represent the beauty of that water and the freshness of the season than aquamarine, the official birthstone of March.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--
In this guide, we will explain the following:
- About Aquamarine?
- What to look for in an aquamarine ring?
- Healing properties
- Meaning and Symbolism
- Spiritual and health
- Love and Romance
- Aquamarine mines
- Aquamarine history
- Other March birthstones
Aquamarine is a light blue or blue-green shade of beryl, a common crystalline mineral. Aluminum, iron and silicon are part of the stone's crystal structure and give it the distinctive color. The overall color intensity can vary based on the proportions of different minerals in the crystal structure as well as any heat exposure or irradiation, and darker, richer shades are both rarer and more highly valued.
What To Look For In an Aquamarine Ring
Aquamarine gemstones will come in many different hues including light blue, deep sky blue, water color blue, glacier color blue and colorless. The deeper the blue color of the aquamarine, the more coveted or valuable it will be.
• Healing properties
Aquamarine is often used to aid meditation and seeking harmony, peace and level-headedness. Because of this, the stone is also often used to help promote a cooler temper and increase harmony and trust. It is also believed to help with public speaking and to encourage better word choice for clarity of communication.
While this stone is often naturally flawless, there are occasional cat's eye or star-like inclusions. Because these inclusions are so rare and unique, rather than devaluing the stones, aquamarines with these inclusions can be even more valuable and collectible.
• StructureThis stone's hexagonal structure helps it easily form large crystals, which can then be cut into impressive gemstones. This makes it ideal as statement jewelry pieces featuring a large central gem, including rings, pendants and other types of jewelry.
Aquamarine Meaning and Symbolism
With this gem's pale, watery hue, it is no surprise that aquamarine is associated with the tranquility of the sea and has long been used as a protective talisman for sailors or anyone traveling on the ocean.
• Spiritual and Health
Aquamarine has a number of associations with health as well as its other mental and spiritual properties. Some beliefs consider the stone able to serve as an antidote to poisons, as well as promote eye health and clarity of vision.
• Love and Romance
When shared between a couple, aquamarine stones are intended to foster a long unity of love, ideal for romantic relationships. Because of this, aquamarine is a symbolic gemstone for celebrating the nineteenth wedding anniversary, as well as an alternative selection for the eighteenth anniversary.
For those who love the glamour of Hollywood and the movies, you can enjoy an aquamarine ring knowing it is a favorite of many celebrities and royalty. This style has adorned the fingers of top names including Meghan Markle, Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston.
This gem is widespread and readily available at any mine where different forms of beryl, including emeralds, are produced. Brazil, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Pakistan and Vietnam all have productive mines that include aquamarine, and in the United States, these stones are mined in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, North Carolina and Maine.
These stunning stones have been used in jewelry and ornamentation for millennia. Aquamarines were popular with ancient Sumerians, Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks and Romans, often as part of warrior jewelry to provide protection in battle or on ships. The stones were incorporated into pendants, breastplates and the hilts of swords and daggers.
Because the stones often show flawless clarity and can be cut into large and impressive solitaires, they make beautiful rings, and have been popular in Art Deco rings and other period pieces. Since these stones can be very impressive by themselves, they are often set alone in a variety of metals or may be accented with diamonds to increase their sparkle, though they are rarely found paired with other gemstones.
Other March Birthstones
While aquamarine is an amazing and beautiful gemstone, it may not be right for everyone celebrating a March birthday or special occasion. Fortunately, bloodstone with its deeper green hues and contrasting red flecks, is an alternative birthstone for the month. Depending on the Zodiac sign, planetary association or spiritual beliefs, other stones often associated with March include jade, sapphire, diamond, amethyst, jasper and opal.
Antique Engagement Rings For Everyone:
No matter which gemstone is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.
Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:
Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of aquamarine rings today to make the most of every occasion in March!