The legends say that the origin of the March Birthstone Aquamarine is in that comes as a treasure from the chest of the mermaids, therefore since ancient times has been regarded as “the sailor’s lucky stone”.
The Greeks and the Romans knew the #aquamarine as the sailor’s gem because ensured the safe and prosperous passage through storms in the seas. Perhaps it was the mermaids who fill the stone Aquamarine with so many powers.
The Romans believed that if the figure of a frog were carved on an aquamarine, it served to reconcile enemies and make them friends. Another Roman legend stated that the stone absorbs the atmosphere of the young love: “When blessed and worn, it joins in love, and does great things.”
“Jewelry needs to fulfill the function for which it came into being. The only way that a Jewelry Designer will see its art in LIFE is with the eyes, the mind, and the heart of the Spectator.
The viewer in the last stroke in any jewelry piece”. – Ines Arenas Jewelry Gallery
In the Middle Ages was thought that the March Birthstone aquamarine will be effective as a treatment for anxiety, giving a better ability to think clearly and make quick decisions. But are they just legends? and, what it’s the sea for us? Much of the sea is mysterious, the truth is that we cannot build anything in the sea, in the ocean. It’s a vast open space perfect for contemplation.
The Sea is a place where the world is still, where time and space have no hold, where many stories are untold. The Sea pulls us into the deep blue color, just to return us to the surface, which takes us away from it because our fragile mortality cannot stand against it, our lungs would shatter like glass. Is a place so wonderful and deadly!
The truth is, as the Sea, the March Birthstone aquamarine has magic in it. Aquamarine (from Latin: aqua marina, water: sea, i.e. seawater: marīna, from marīnus; of the sea). For us the gemologists, the jewelers, the designers, or just jewelry fans “The Calm, The Peaceful, The Serene Aquamarine”.
The Mysterious, The Powerful Aquamarine, the Stone that in waves of change it might take us to our true direction. Are they just legends?
Happy Birthday to the ones born in March that can represent the powers and the meanings of this beautiful stone!
Best Option For March Birthstone
Aquamarine: #7.5 to #8 on Mohs scale, good toughness. Sources are Brazil (major source), Australia, China, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria (known for intense color under 5 carats), Pakistan, United States, and Zambia.
At the same time we will like to insist on the fact that Aquamarine crystals can grow to huge sizes, and very often have excellent clarity. Aquamarine colors range from greenish blue to blue-green in light tones.
The color is more intense in large stones, but some aquamarine from Africa displays deeper blues in faceted stones of less than 5 carats. Brazil supplies the most amount of aquamarine today.
How To Choose the Best March Birthstone?
Now we are going to mention a few tips to not confuse the Aquamarine gem with a colorless glass or the beautiful Blue Topaz.
• Observation (Yes! as the first step for the Science Method): take a good look at your stone. If you find scratches on the surface of the gem it is most likely a fake. Aquamarine is a very hard stone (Mohs 8) as we mentioned to you before and therefore is quite difficult to scratch. It is much harder than glass which has a Mohs ranking of just 5.5.
• Scrutiny; is the second step, Look Well! If you find any bubbles in your stone if you see small air bubbles under the surface of the stone the chances that it is colored glass is very high. You will never find air bubbles in aquamarine.
• The Temperature: is another way to check the stone’s authenticity. This is what you should do: hold the stone in your hands and check to see if the stone is room temperature or cold to the touch. If the stone does not feel cold it is probably not aquamarine. Aquamarine will always feel colder than room temperature.
If you are still not sure of the quality and integrity of your piece, take the stone to a professional jeweler and have them take a look.
A natural stone that is very similar to March Birthstone aquamarine is blue topaz. It is sometimes passed off as aquamarine. These two gemstones can look identical although aquamarine is the more expensive of the two.
When purchasing an March Birthstone aquamarine, the 4Cs of color, clarity, cut and carat will assist you in evaluating the stone and make the difference with the Blue Topaz.
Aquamarine stones are well known for their varying blue hues from light, nearly translucent blue to a deep rich blue. In its natural state, aquamarine is commonly bluish with green hues. The darker, more vibrant shades fetch higher prices and are generally more desirable.
Heating the stone is the common treatment applied to the stone to achieve anything from a light blue-green stone to a darker blue stone that is the DESIRABLE COLOR.
Clarity is determined by how transparent and clear the gemstone is. The fewer inclusions and the higher the clarity = BETTER THE AQUAMARINE.
When there are inclusions present in the stone it becomes a little more difficult to heat the stone to achieve certain colors and to cut to an ideal shape. The most valuable pieces of aquamarine will have no visible inclusions. Aquamarine, in general, has excellent clarity and transparency, compared to its cousin emerald. Being Aquamarine is a more durable and stable stone.
Due to its color and clarity, properly cut aquamarine gemstones can have incredible shine and brilliance, accentuating the aquamarine’s naturally existing beauty.
March Birthstone Aquamarines can be cut into all popular gemstone shapes, but brilliant cuts are the most used in Aquamarine Stones due to the stone’s sparkle and light performance. Round and princess cuts are beautiful for aquamarine, as well as a cushion, pear, marquise, and other fancy cuts.
Because of its transparency, aquamarine also looks beautiful when shaped into cuts that have wide, open facets such as emerald, Asscher, or old cushion cuts.
The gemstone size can be based on your preference and taste, but you’ll notice that small aquamarine gemstones are rarely used as accent stones in jewelry, as they often tend not to have a vibrant hue.
How To Take Care of Your March Birthstone Jewelry?
March Birthstone Aquamarine is easy to maintain. If you find that your aquamarine is becoming dull or cloudy, the best way to clean it is by soaking it in some warm water with a few drops of dish soap.
After soaking your stone for a few minutes, remove it and use a fine bristle brush, such as a toothbrush, to clean the stone in a very gentle way. Your aquamarine is going to return to its original shine and beauty.
Avoid exposing the stone to chemicals such as household cleaners, ammonia, detergents, or even cosmetics and perfumes.
When storing the stone, take care to place it in a separate pouch or box. Aquamarines can scratch other materials that have lower hardness ratings and in turn get scratched by materials with higher hardness rankings, such as Diamonds, Sapphires, or Moissanite. Separating the stones ensures that this does not happen.