Aquamarine, Birthstones

The ‘Gem’ of the Sea, Aquamarine – March Birthstone

14ct-White-Gold-Milky-Aquamarine-Drop-EarringsAquamarine is a bright blue gem (the clue is in the name!) and a very appealing stone. It’s been highly prized for centuries and one that we get asked about often here at Francarlo Jewellers. Beautiful aquamarine is the birthstone for March, so if your birthday is this month or if you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone born in March, read on!

The History and Origin of Aquamarine

Aquamarines are named after the sea. Legend says aquamarine was a mermaid’s treasure, and if a lady of the sea thought highly of a sailor, she would gift him an aquamarine for protection. The Romans loved aquamarine and used it to make decorative goblets. The ancient Egyptians loved it too, and many mummies and sarcophagi have been found to contain aquamarine gemstones.

Why does Aquamarine come in Different Hues and how can it be used in Jewellery?

Like other semi-precious stones, aquamarine comes in a variety of colours, ranging from turquoise through to bright blue. Some stones are quite pale in hue whereas others are very dark, as you can see when you view our gorgeous aquamarine jewellery selection. Darker aquamarine is more valuable, but you are free to choose the gem that suits your personal preferences!

Diamonds always pair well in jewellery with semi-precious stones, and aquamarine-diamond combinations are no exception. The pale blue colour of aquamarine looks beautiful set in white gold pendants, earrings or perhaps even in a semi-precious stone ring for someone special – or even for yourself!

How to Tell if an Aquamarine is Real

Look carefully at the colour of the stone. True aquamarines have great clarity and consistent transparency. Genuine stones will be the colour of seawater with a slight greenish tint. Most stones are on the paler end of the spectrum, with dark, richer blue gems rare. If you’re unsure, a qualified jeweller will be able to help tell if the stone is real or not.

The Healing Powers of Aquamarine

Aquamarine, belonging to the larger family of gemstones known as beryl, has long been believed it’s healing powers. The ancient Egyptians wore amulets with aquamarine to relieve pain and promote good health. The Romans also used aquamarine to treat bad digestion and similar issues.

Modern healers believe aquamarine is infused with feminine energy and can aid emotional healing. You can also use aquamarine as a meditation aid, to clear your mind, relieve stress, cool tempers, and calm your heart. Some also believe that aquamarine can help you get in touch with your psychic abilities.

How to Wear Aquamarine Jewellery in South Africa as we Head into Autumn

The pale blue-green of aquamarine is the perfect foil for warm, autumnal colours. As we head into autumn, you will probably be wearing warmer clothing in soft golds, browns, beiges, and corals. Add some beautiful semi-precious aquamarine and diamond earrings to a work outfit on a cool day or slip on an aquamarine pendant to take your date night outfit to the next level.

If you have a passion for aquamarine jewellery or are looking to create a bespoke piece, we’d love to make your dreams come true! Visit us in-store, shop online, book an online video consultation or call and Whats App us on 083 201 0711