MARCH BIRTHSTONE: THE AQUAMARINE
March was traditionally known as the month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and was a very optimistic time signalling the end of very dark and cold winters, and the start of the farming season as well as the time to go to war. There are actually two Birthstones for March, namely the Aquamarine and the Bloodstone but the most common one is Aquamarine.
Aquamarine is a beautiful stone from the Beryl group of gemstones, the most famous being the well known Emerald. After looking into a sparkling, well cut and polished Aquamarine gemstone, most people, spontaneously say, “Wow, it looks like sea water”, and this is why the ancients even named it “Water from the Sea” in Latin.
“Aqua” means “water” and “Marinus” means “from the Sea” giving Aquamarine the name it has kept up until today. This amazing stone originates mainly from mines in Brazil but is also mined in Australia, Burma, China, India, Kenya, Madagascar and other countries.
Even though these gemstones are much cheaper than diamonds, the beauty of Aquamarine keeps one gazing into the stone as if it were an actual pool of moving water. This transparent gemstone ranges in colour from a Light Clear-Blue to Blue and Green-Blue, making it very versatile and offers buyers a wide range of colour choice. Because sunlight and heat can change the colour of Aquamarine, some jewellers have mastered the technique of using heat to “manufacture” more sought after colours in order to gain better prices.
Because these gemstones are so awe-inspiring, in ancient times even warriors and sailors used to wear Aquamarine jewellery in the hope that its beauty would somehow help them accomplish victory or a safe return. Similar to Springtime, Aquamarine seems to stir one to hope for a fresh start and an optimistic future.
Since ancient times Aquamarine has been admired for its value in the jewellery industry, it’s variety of colour, it’s strength, and it’s versatility. The most common shapes used for cut Aquamarine is the rectangle, square and even circular shapes. Because of its strength, Aquamarine is even used for ornaments and even cut into small statues. Ask Francois Jewellers about their custom-made Aquamarine rings, earrings, necklaces to compliment your jewellery collection. The choice is yours. Aquamarine can be set in Gold or Silver or Platinum depending on the colour of the stone, the use of your piece of jewellery and your skin tone. Because of its cool, tranquil and refreshing colour, this beautiful gemstone is perfect to compliment any event or skin tone. Try a casual Aquamarine ring or a pair of simple earrings or a broach or multi-stoned necklace.
Aquamarine Jewellery Care:
Because Aquamarine is sunlight and heat-sensitive, it should not be left in direct sunlight or steam-cleaned. Instead, use some lukewarm mildly soapy water to loosen any dust or grease or drop it off at Francois Jewellers for a quick polish before a big event.