March Birthstone: Aquamarine


Aquamarine and diamond bracelet.
Aquamarine and diamond bracelet.
Ref: 11473

Thursday 10th April 2014

Aquamarine, the birthstone for the month of March, is known as the happy marriage gemstone, as it is said to be a soothing gem, bringing harmony and tolerance between couples, as well as joy and wealth to woman in particular.

Aquamarine is a light blue to greenish blue member of the beryl family of gemstones, which counts emerald among its other well-known varieties.  Unlike emeralds, however, aquamarines are typically large and transparent, and often feature in dramatic jewels on a grand scale.   The largest specimen known to date was found in the Minas Gerais mine in Brazil in 1910—the primary world source of the stones—which weighed 110.5 kilograms, and measured 48.5cm (19 in) long and 42 cm (17 in) in diameter.  Other sources of the gem throughout the world are Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States.  

The name derives from the Latin ‘aqua’, meaning water, ‘marina’, meaning sea—clearly for its resemblance to pristine crystal blue seawater.  A charming description of the stone from an early twentieth century publication describes aquamarine as seeming ‘to have come direct from some mermaid’s treasure house in the depths of a summer sea’. Pliny the Elder, the Ancient Roman naturalist, wrote of the gem, ‘There is not a colour more pleasing to the eye.’

Georgian aquamarine pendant brooch, circa 1810.
Georgian aquamarine pendant brooch, circa 1810.
Ref: 14943
Aquamarine and diamond pendant.
Aquamarine and diamond pendant.
Ref: 13258
Aquamarine and diamond brooch, circa 1910.
Aquamarine and diamond brooch, circa 1910.
Ref: 14785
Art Deco aquamarine and diamond ring, circa 1925.
Art Deco aquamarine and diamond ring, circa 1925.
Ref: 11474
Antique aquamarine and pearl bracelet, English, circa 1900.
Antique aquamarine and pearl bracelet, English, circa 1900.
Ref: 14922
Aquamarine and Diamond Ring by Tiffany & Co, circa 1950.
Aquamarine and Diamond Ring by Tiffany & Co, circa 1950.
Ref: 14240
Aquamarine and pearl pendant necklace, circa 1905.
Aquamarine and pearl pendant necklace, circa 1905.
Ref: 15603
Aquamarine and diamond brooch, American, circa 1925.
Aquamarine and diamond brooch, American, circa 1925.
Ref: 15196
Aquamarine and diamond  bracelet,  Russian, circa 1900.
Aquamarine and diamond bracelet, Russian, circa 1900.
Ref: 14869
Aquamarine and diamond cluster ring, circa 1950.
Aquamarine and diamond cluster ring, circa 1950.
Ref: 14027
Aquamarine stud earrings.
Aquamarine stud earrings.
Ref: 8181

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