March’s Birthstone: Aquamarine

March’s birthstone, aquamarine, is a variety of the mineral beryl, just like the May birthstone emeralds.

Aquamarine is thought of as a color just as much as a gemstone. Its signature blue can vary and sparkle in the right light, and the stone’s unique color can be manipulated and intensified with heat treatment.

The world’s largest specimen of aquamarine, the Dom Pedro Aquamarine, was found in the late 1980s in Brazil and cut from a stone that originally weighed around 100 pounds.

Aquamarine. Photo: Gunnar Ries Amphibol

Aquamarine Color

Aquamarine is typically blue or cyan in color. Specifically, pale to deep blue with a tinge of green mixed in. So it’s no coincidence that the word “aquamarine” is often used to describe the often bluish-green glistening ocean waters that surround tropical islands.

March’s birthstone can also be found in other colors, including greenish-yellow beryl, which occurs most commonly in Brazil.

Aquamarine Significance

Aquamarine is connected with a handful of positive associations, including:

  • Happiness
  • Calm
  • Youth
  • Hope
  • Trust

Aquamarine’s healing properties are thought to be affiliated with breathing and respiratory issues.

Aquamarine History

Aquamarine was thought by ancient Romans to provide protection while traveling across the sea. Sailors wore the stones or kept them close by as a sort of talisman to bring them good luck while out on the open ocean.

Aquamarine Facts

Aquamarine comes from the latin word “aqua marina,” which translates to “water of the sea.”

The Dom Pedro Aquamarine, the world's largest, is 10,363 carats and weights 4.6 pounds.

Aquamarine is the state gemstone of Colorado.

Sri Lanka yields much of the world’s traditional variants of aquamarine. It is also found in the United States — in Colorado, Idaho, and Wyoming — and in Brazil.

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