What’s so special about the March birthstone? If your favorite March someone is the kind of person who enjoys spending their time in the sea, they might already know. Aquamarine is the birthstone for the third month, and this gemstone has a lot of history, mysticism, and scientific information that sets it apart from other stones!
The first thing you’ll notice when you see a piece of aquamarine is its pure, overwhelming blue. The blue of aquamarine is so distinct that it lent its name to the gem itself! “Aquamarine” is Latin for “seawater,” and it’s not difficult to see how the ancient people decided on that. As a beryl gem, aquamarine is chemically related to emerald. But where emerald’s color comes from chromium and vanadium, aquamarine’s blue comes from iron ions.
Aquamarine lacks shades of yellow, meaning that its blue is absolute—to an almost electric level! For those who appreciate jewelry that’s simultaneously transparent and brilliantly blue, aquamarine may be the gem for them. Plus, given the raininess of March, it’s a pretty great symbolic choice to represent the month.
As we mentioned, aquamarine is a beryl gemstone. Like emerald, it’s an 8 on the Mohs scale, which makes it a tremendously durable gemstone. For comparison, the hardest of the gems is diamond, which is a natural 10. Only rubies, sapphires, and diamonds are harder gems. This is a great feature for those who often work with their hands or are at risk of smacking their jewelry against hard surfaces. While they’re not invulnerable, aquamarines have a level of durability that makes them ideal for rings and bracelets, so if you’re looking for a gift that has the brilliant blue your March someone might adore, an aquamarine ring may be great!
Also, another benefit of aquamarine is that it’s found in large and plentiful sources. The largest aquamarine ever discovered was a staggering 243 lb—or roughly 22,045 carats! If you’re getting a gift for someone born in March, aquamarine offers you the ability to get them a piece of jewelry that’s big, bold, and brilliant.
Here at Albert’s Diamond Jewelers, our selections of aquamarine jewelry are second to none. We have a variety of aquamarine treasures that reflect the aesthetic versatility of the gemstone. For example, Le Vian is a particularly frequent user of the stone, pairing it with other strong colors like chocolate diamond. The elegant color of the March birthstone is unique insofar as it can be paired with other bold colors without losing any appeal of its own. That’s something it shares with its sister gem, emerald.
If you’d like to find out more about the aquamarine jewelry we showcase, or the custom pieces you can have designed with this brilliant beryl, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! Contact our Schererville, Indiana showroom today at (219)-322-2700 to get ant information your might need!