What is the March Birthstone?
While some March birthdays can either be a Pisces or an Aries, all March birthdays have one thing in common: Aquamarine. This captivating and commonly blue-green gemstone is a showstopper and one proves that the March birthstone is a fan favorite.
Aquamarine jewelry pieces make stunning gifts for either the compassionate Pisces or motivated Aries in your life, but how did this gemstone earn its fame?
What are the most common cuts and colors for aquamarine?
The emerald cut is favored for this beautiful blue gem, but oval brilliant is also popular among gem cutters and jewelry lovers alike. But don’t worry, Aquamarine is a versatile gem and can be cut into almost any shape.
Did you know that aquamarine gets its name from the Latin term water of the sea? No surprise here as its rich color mimics the ocean’s vibrant tones. This gemstone can range from nearly colorless to blue-green to deep blue. The darker blue the shade, the more valuable the stone, although slightly greenish-blue hues are highly desired.
Aside from color and cut, aquamarine is known as sturdier stone and rates 7.5- 8 on the Mohs hardness scale. It can also be found small or very large in size making it more accessible and affordable for all.
Fun Fact: The hardness of this gemstone makes it a favorite for gem sculptures and designers to use in creative art pieces other than its typical design for jewelry.
How did Aquamarine become so popular?
The popularity of this gemstone is found all throughout history as aquamarine was hailed as a good luck charm and friendship mender for many people across the world.
Did you know?
Aquamarine is considered a beryl mineral. Other common gemstones in this family are Emerald and Morganite.
Aquamarine was a sign of good luck and safe passage to ancient sailors.
The Romans used these blue-hued gemstones to mend relationships and solidify new friendships.
The ancient Egyptians believed that aquamarine was a symbol of joy and youth.
Aquamarine was considered the “superior stone” for cutting crystal balls as they were thought to have magical oracle properties.
To this day many believe aquamarines help foster honesty, loyalty, and good health! Many wear these gemstones or keep aquamarine crystals near them for these reasons.
How can I clean my aquamarine?
There are plenty of “Do and Do Nots” when it comes to cleaning jewelry. Be sure to do your research before cleaning, as different gemstones have various cleaning requirements owners must adhere to so that they don’t damage their precious stones.
Cleaning your aquamarine with classic blue Windex and a soft children’s toothbrush is the best way to make this particular gemstone gleam. Use the toothbrush to gently wash away any grime or buildup. If the item is very dirty it can even be soaked in the solution overnight as the low levels of ammonia help break away the dirt and grime in hard-to-reach places. Please Note: If the stone is paired with pearls/opals/or softer stones, we would suggest cleaning with water and blue dawn dish soap mixture and a soft T-shirt to wipe it clean.
You can also take the piece to your local jewelry store to clean and polish your aquamarine jewelry so that it sparkles like new.
Where can I find aquamarine jewelry?
Aquamarine can be found in small to large forms and ranges in colors. Its versatility, availability and popularity make it a stone that is accessible for all, as the price can range from low to high for this gem.
At Arnold Jewelers, aquamarines sing their siren songs loudly from the showcases, each piece calling to a particular person. People from around the Tampa Bay and Clearwater area marvel at our wide selection of aquamarine jewelry.