March 1, 2012

March's Birthstone


Aquamarine Facts

  • Aquamarine comes from the Roman word “aqua”, meaning water and “mare meaning sea.
  • Aquamarine varies in color from blue-green to a light sky blue all colors of the sea and its romance.
  • Aquamarine have a Mohs’ hardness of 7.5 - 8 which makes this a durable, wearable and easy to set stone.
  • The Aquamarine is a variety of beryl.



Lore & Legend

Aquamarine’s lore relates to the sea, its lure, adventure and its inherent danger. In ancient times Romans believed that the Aquamarine was sacred to Neptune, the god of the sea and that the gemstone fell from the sirens of the seas jewelry boxes and washed onto the shores. Early sailors wore aquamarine talismans, engraved with the likeness of Neptune to ensure safe passage and protection from storms, shipwreck and the wiles of the sirens.


The Sumerians, Egyptians, and Hebrews valued aquamarine, for them it was a symbol of happiness and everlasting youth. In the Christian era, the aquamarine was identified with the Apostle, St. Thomas, because it was the color of the sea and St. Thomas made long journeys by sea as far as India, to preach salvation. Identifying a certain jewel with one of the twelve apostles was once a common practice in the early church.


It is a relatively abundant gem, the largest deposits being in Brazil, but other sources of Aquamarine are in China, India, Australia, Africa, and the United States.


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A gift of Aquamarine symbolizes both safety and security, especially within long standing relationships. Some say that the Aquamarine reawakens love, so if you want to rekindle that spark, you might consider this gem as an anniversary gift!

by Ilene Kay - Art Jewelry by Ilene Kay