March is a month that welcomes spring and feels like a new beginning. It makes sense that its birthstone is the brilliant and beautiful aquamarine gemstone. Named for the Latin word “aqua” meaning water and “mare” meaning sea, aquamarine shimmers in ocean blues and greens. Continue reading to discover more interesting facts about this stunning stone!
Aquamarine is one of the most admired gemstones from the colorful beryl family, which include other beautiful gems like emerald and morganite. Natural beryl is colorless; however, its structure allows it to incorporate unrelated elements such as iron, manganese, chrome or vanadium. When iron is mixed with beryl, it turns into the soothing sea-blue treasure of aquamarine. While most aquamarine comes in a lighter hue, deeper shades are preferred.
- Himalayan Kyanite & Aquamarine pendant
- Espirito Santo Aquamarine ring
- Tanzanite and Aquamarine ring
- Espirito Santo Aquamarine bracelet
Aquamarine was first discovered in India more than 2,000 years ago. Since ancient times, people have credited both paranormal and divine properties to it. The Greeks were the first to use aquamarine gemstone around 480 to 300 BCE. However, it only became popular after larger samples from Brazil surfaced in the market in 1910.
The LC is proud to bring you aquamarine from the Espirito Santo mine in Brazil. This mine produces some of the best gems found today. In 1953, Brazil gifted a necklace with matching pendant and earrings made of aquamarines and diamonds to Queen Elizabeth II as a coronation gift. It took an entire year to gather and perfectly match the stones. The queen loved the gift so much that she commissioned a matching tiara in 1957.
If you weren’t in love with aquamarine before, we’re sure you are now! It’s a gemstone full of beauty and splendor. Adding this gem to your jewelry collection is also the perfect way to brighten your look for spring. Check out our full selection of this treasured stone here!