The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin “Aqua Marinus” which translated means water of the sea. Aquamarine is a type of beryl with a beautiful sea blue colour. Other members of the beryl family include the emerald and morganite. Furthermore, aquamarine owes its colour to traces of iron in its crystal structure. This stone was thought to be associated with eternal youth and a symbol of happiness. Aquamarine is a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, therefore, it is suitable for most jewellery. This gemstone is also associated with the zodiac sign of Pieces and not just March.
Known as the sailor’s stone, aquamarine is thought to be able to give courage to and protect those who are travelling on a stormy sea. Additionally, another name given to aquamarine is the Mermaid’s stone as they were believed to treasure this gem. Fishermen also cherished this stone which they believed would be able to bring them an abundant haul. Similarly, Egyptians and Sumerians thought aquamarine was a stone of happiness that could grant the wearer everlasting youth. With so many cultures holding beliefs about the power of this stone, it’s not hard to believe in the magic of aquamarine.
Despite Sapphire being the most popular blue gemstone on the market, the allure of the aquamarine is not to be underestimated. There is a large demand for this ocean blue gemstone. With colours that can remind you of tropical oceans, we can understand how it got its name and reputation. Notable aquamarine jewellery includes the engagement ring designed by Justin Timberlake for Jessica Biel featuring aquamarine side stones, paying tribute to her birth month. Additionally, Queen Elizabeth II was gifted with aquamarine jewellery by the President of Brazil in 1953 for her coronation which she commissioned into a tiara.
Aquamarine, like most stones, is thought to possess healing capabilities. Considering it has received a name comparing it to water it is only natural that this stone is linked to water as an element. Due to its connection to water, it is said that this stone is able to cleanse the water element within our bodies and help with our health and wellness.
It is said that aquamarine is a stone of courage, often associated with overcoming grief. It is also thought to be able to reduce stress and release anger. With its water-like energy, aquamarine has the ability to wash away and dilute negative emotions and help you let them go. It is a soothing stone that can help the wearer to relax and ease their nerves. What’s more, it is thought to be a stone that can aid with anxiety.
The March birthstone is one which is beautiful in colour with beautiful stories and meanings that accompany it. If you love this sea blue stone as much as we do, we recommend browsing our collection online or in-store.
We always recommend choosing a gemstone that you feel a connection to despite whatever your birthstone is. Nevertheless, with many fantastic gems to choose from, this can be hard. To view more of the gemstone jewellery that we have available at Weir & Sons, please click the link below.