The official birthstone of March, aquamarine, is a breathtaking gem that, like other birthstones, has history, folklore and a lot of interesting facts and characteristics. A member of the beryl family of gems, aquamarine appears in documented history and folklore as far back as the Greeks in 300 BC.
But wait…there’s MORE!! Here are 10 things you may not know about aquamarine:
- The name comes from the Latin words aqua marina (“water of the sea”) and, as you’ll see, this plays a major role in the gem’s history and folklore.
- It was believed by the ancient Romans and Greeks that aquamarines came from the treasure chests of mermaids.
- More specifically, it was believed by the ancient Romans that Neptune (god of the sea), first got aquamarine when it washed up on the shore after falling out of the sirens’ jewel box. Because of this, it was believed that aquamarine provides protection for sailors.
- Brazil is known for producing great quality aquamarine and is also where the largest rough specimen was found in 1910 at Marambaia, Minas Gerais. This one weighed over 240 pounds.
- The world’s largest cut aquamarine also came from the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil in 1980. It was mined in Pedra Azul and the original crystal weighed around 100 pounds. The Dom Pedro aquamarine was cut into an obelisk 14” tall by 4” wide and weighs 10,363 carats.
- According to folklore, aquamarine has the power to increase intelligence, foresight and courage as well as reduce the effect of poisons.
- Aquamarines represent the 16th and 19th wedding anniversaries and are a prized gift, helping the recipient to be friendly, compassionate and calm.
- The hues of aquamarine run from a deep teal to cyan to pale crystal blue. The amount of iron found in each stone determines how vibrant or pale the color is. There is a type of aquamarine called maxixe, which is a deep blue and is found most commonly on the island of Madagascar.
- It comes from the beryl family of gems, which includes emerald, heliodor, golden beryl, morganite (pink beryl) and goshenite.
- Aquamarine is considered by many jewelers to be the best gemstone for setting in an engagement ring. That being said, it’s no surprise that jewelers grade these semi-precious stones by the diamond grading system…the 4 C’s. Carat, clarity, color and cut.
Contact us or stop in and see our selection of beautiful aquamarine jewelry today! Of course, if you have a stone that you would like us to put in a setting for you or even create a custom setting for…let’s talk and make it happen:)