Aquamarine Meaning and Healing Properties (2024)

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by Suzanne Sachs 5 min read


March is a month of water, with snow and ice melting and spring rains beginning. Aquamarine, a gemstone with a name derived from the Latin words "aqua" and "marina," evokes images of the crystalline waters of the sea. Symbolically, aquamarine has been associated with tranquility, purity, and harmony, making it a popular choice for engagement ring and gemstone enthusiasts seeking to evoke feelings of serenity and calmness. 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.


In this guide, we will explain the following:

  • What is Aquamarine?
  • Aquamarine Color
  • Aquamarine Mines
  • Aquamarine Structure
  • Aquamarine Meaning
  • Clarity and Communication
  • Tranquility and Serenity
  • Healing and Purification
  • Love and Romance
  • Birthstone of March
  • Aquamarine Rings and Jewelry
  • Other March Birthstones
  • Is an Aquamarine Ring Right For Me?

What is Aquamarine?

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. 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.


Aquamarine Color

Aquamarine, the birthstone for March, is known for its captivating range of blue tones. The color of aquamarine typically varies from a very light, almost translucent blue to a richer, deeper blue. Some aquamarines also exhibit a slight greenish hue, which can add to their unique charm.


Aquamarine Mines

Aquamarine 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.


Aquamarine Structure

Aquamarine'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 engagement rings, cocktail and dinner rings, pendants and other types of jewelry.


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Aquamarine Meaning

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. There are other symbolic aspects to this stone, however, and aquamarine is also 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.


Clarity and Communication

Aquamarine is associated with clarity of thought and communication. It is believed to enhance mental clarity, sharpen intuition, and facilitate clear and honest communication, making it an ideal stone for expressing oneself and resolving conflicts.


Tranquility and Serenity

Aquamarine's calming blue-green hues often evoke feelings of peace, tranquility, and relaxation. It is believed to have a soothing effect on the mind and emotions, promoting a sense of inner peace and serenity.


Healing and Purification

Aquamarine is often associated with healing and purification properties. It is believed to cleanse the aura, calm the emotions, and promote physical and emotional well-being. Some people use aquamarine for meditation and spiritual healing practices. Some beliefs consider the stone able to serve as an antidote to poisons, as well as promote eye health and clarity of vision. It is also believed to help with public speaking and to encourage better word choice for clarity of communication.


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.


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Birthstone of March

Aquamarine is the official birthstone for the month of March. In addition to its aesthetic beauty, it is believed to bring luck, happiness, and prosperity to those born in this month.


Aquamarine Rings and Jewelry

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.

Today, aquamarines are still popular in dinner rings, pendants, necklaces, and are also found in earrings. 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, antique 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.


Is an Aquamarine Ring Right For Me?

Ultimately, the decision to choose a vintage aquamarine ring rests with the individual or couple. It can serve as a meaningful way to integrate personal values and preferences into a deeply personal and memorable ring. Such a ring symbolizes not only the couple's love but also their aspirations for the life they aim to create together.

Antique Engagement Rings For Everyone:

No matter which gemstone is your favorite, these time-honored gemstones 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. If you’re looking for a unique engagement ring that tells the world that you’re passionately in love, a vintage garnet ring is a stunning choice. Find your dream ring today!

Find The Perfect Antique 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!

Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.

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