Aquamarine | Blue Green Variety of the Mineral Beryl
1. Aquamarine Birthstone for March
2. Megan Markle's Aquamarine Ring
3. Aquamarine Stone Healing Properties
4. Article Photos
5. Aquamarine | Our Collection
6. Read More
Aquamarine Birthstone for March
Aquamarine which is the modern birthstone for the month of March is the blue green variety of the mineral beryl. Light blue coloured gemstones are the most highly sought after but the vast majority are heat treated which enhances the colour.
Blue topaz which is also frequently heated can sometimes be mistaken for aquamarine. Without careful inspection it can be difficult to tell one from the other. One main difference is that aquamarine is considerably more expensive and stones in large sizes are pretty rare.
Meghan Markle wore an aquamarine cocktail ring on her wedding day that once belonged to Diana Princess of Wales. Queen Elizabeth II has a Brazilian aquamarine tiara, necklace and earrings all of which feature large rectangular shaped stones set with diamonds. The necklace and earrings were given to her in 1953 by the president of Brazil as a gift to celebrate her coronation. In 1957 a tiara was designed to match the aquamarine necklace and earrings and a year later she received a bracelet and brooch to complete the set.
Aquamarine cocktail ring (click to enlarge)
The colour of aquamarine is caused by impurities of iron within the mineral beryl. The name which means 'water of the sea' originates from Latin. The colour of stones can vary from the deepest shades of green to the lightest of blue.
Particularly popular as a gemstone, aquamarine grades 7.5 to 8 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Most of the finest aquamarine comes from Brazil, Mozambique, Madagascar, Nigeria, Zambia, Angola and India.
Although best known as the birthstone for the month of March, bloodstone and jasper can be used as alternatives.
Aquamarine Healing Properties
In ancient times sailors believed the mermaid's tail was pure aquamarine. For this reason it was often carried as a talisman to bring luck and protection from the dangers of being at sea.
Aquamarine was often carved with images of Poseidon or Neptune the Greek and Roman Gods of the sea. It was believed placing a stone under your pillow would ensure sound sleep.
Today aquamarine is still believed to be in tune with the ocean. When used for metaphysical purposes it's said to provide soothing calmness and also has ability to help alleviate phobias and fears.
Aquamarine is used to encourage creativity and self-expression. It helps those burdened with great responsibility by bringing strength, wisdom and clarity of mind. Its gentle energies help to reduce stress replacing it with peace and calmness.
Aquamarine is a wonderful stone to use for deep healing of the mind, body and spirit.
The aquamarine in our photo at the top of this page (from Brazil) is on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. Clicking the photo redirects to the original non-compressed image. Photograph by Stone Mania ©.
The second photo which is also clickable comes from an article in the magazine Elle.