This month, we are celebrating all the March birthdays with a special profile on the aquamarine gemstone, the traditional birthstone for the month. Aquamarine is blue in color but it can also have variations that are a bit greenish in hue.
History of Aquamarine
In the past, aquamarine was thought to bring sailors good luck as it calmed the high seas to allow them safe passage. It is also said to be lucky for marriage and is the preferred gemstone to give as a gift for the 19th anniversary. Brazil is one of the world’s largest producers of aquamarine, although the stone is also found throughout Southern Africa, including Zambia, Mozambique and Madagascar, and at higher elevations in Pakistan. Several aquamarine mines have recently been discovered in Vietnam as well.
Why We Love Aquamarine
Aquamarine grows naturally to large sizes, making it an ideal choice for cutting into jewelry and other carvings. It is typically six-sided and prismatic, reaching sizes of up to a foot in length and 100 pounds in weight! We love its depth and clarity, allowing you to see the natural blue hue all throughout the stone once it has been properly cut.
Aquamarine Quality Factors
As with many gemstones, aquamarine is rated according to the four Cs: color, cut, clarity and carat weight. The more intricate the cut, the more beautiful the stone will look. The carat weight indicates the size of the stone, with higher carats correlating with larger stones.
Queen Elizabeth II of England wears a stunning aquamarine tiara. The central stone was a coronation gift from the President of Brazil in 1953. Eleanor Roosevelt also received an aquamarine as a gift from the Brazilian government while her husband was the President of the United States. It weighs in at over 1,800 carats! The Dom Pedro Aquamarine sculpture at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is the largest known cut aquamarine, weighing 10,395 carats.
Spoil the One You Love
Show your loved one how much you care with a stunning aquamarine piece from Worthington Jewelers. We are experts at what we do and can help guide you in choosing the most meaningful piece for your special someone. In fact, we have been nominated by 614 Magazine for the ColumBEST Awards. Vote for us for Best Jewelry Store now through March 31. To thank you for offering your opinion, you’ll even be entered to win a $2,500 prize!