A Guide To Aquamarine –

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March’s birthstone is beloved for so many reasons. From its entrancing blue color to the many properties it is said to hold, this gemstone is a favorite no matter when you were born. Read on to learn all you need to know about aquamarine.

The March Birthstone

What is the March Birthstone?

Aquamarine is the March birthstone. The month that brings us spring, March’s birthstone features beautiful blues reminiscent of a spring sky or a calm sea. Originally found in Brazil, it is no wonder this gemstone’s name literally means “sea water” in Latin.

Aquamarine Jewellery

The Symbolism and Meaning of Aquamarine

Aquamarine is as meaningful as it is beautiful. Sometimes called “the soothing gemstone,” it is thought to have calming properties. Many use this gemstone in meditation and to help release anger.

March’s birthstone is also believed to have healing properties and the ability to provide clarity, as well as promote compromise and strength. A beautiful gemstone that is thought to promote good health? How can you go wrong?

What Color Are the March Birthstones?

Aquamarine is known for its sea-blue hues. Due to its blue color, aquamarine can be confused with blue topaz, December’s birthstone. This gemstone actually comes in shades of blue, from very pale to dark. It is even found in green-blue tones. 

March’s birthstone, a member of the beryl family, gets its blue color from trace amounts of ferrous iron. The most sought-after shade is medium blue.

Aquamarine Colour Chart

A Brief History of the March Birthstone

Ancient Greeks thought aquamarine’s soothing effects on the unpredictable ocean would aid in safe passage and thus was carried by many sailors.

In the Middle Ages, knights also thought the gemstone could make them untouchable. It was believed aquamarine could reignite loving feelings in a marriage that had lost its spark. Making aquamarine a marriage charm which is now used to celebrate 19th wedding anniversaries.

Understanding Aquamarine’s Sensitivity and Fragility

Aquamarine rates between 7.5 and 8 on the Mohs hardness scale. This means it is quite durable and highly resistant to chips and scratches, making it perfect for everyday wear. But be careful, while this gemstone is strong, it is still susceptible to damage over time, so be sure to properly care for and clean your gemstone jewelry.

Moh Scale

Practical Tips for Cleaning and Preserving Aquamarine Jewelry

No matter when you were born, it is important to properly care for your aquamarine jewelry

Follow these tips to protect your March birthstone jewelry.

  • Store your aquamarine pieces separately, preferably in their original packaging such as soft jewelry bags or boxes.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures, particularly intense heat and strong light.
  • Remove your jewelry in situations such as the beach, chlorinated pools, the gym, showering, cleaning, when dealing with lotions and makeup.

Follow these tips to clean your March birthstone.

  • Fill a bowl with warm water and mild soap. 
  • Allow the jewelry to soak.
  • Then use a soft-bristle brush to gently remove any dirt.
  • Wipe with a clean cloth and air dry.

What Are the Other March Birthstones?

Like so many other months, March actually has more than one birthstone. In addition to aquamarine, bloodstone is March’s second birthstone. Known for its dark appearance, featuring streaks of red and green, this gemstone was said to remind people of a setting sun. Similar to the main March birthstone, bloodstone is also believed to have healing properties.

FAQs

What is the Zodiac for March? 

Depending on what date in March one is born, their Zodiac sign will either be Pisces (March 1-20) or Aries (March 21-April 19). Whenever your birthday, we have stylish Zodiac jewelry to match!

How rare is the aquamarine gemstone? 

This gemstone is more common than many of its counterparts. Ranking in the top 30, this gemstone is considered to be moderate.

Which is more expensive, aquamarine or amethyst? 

Thanks to its incredible popularity, especially in jewelry, as well as its rareness, aquamarine generally costs more than amethyst. 

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With over 10 years of experience writing and editing on a wide variety of subjects, Sarah is a veteran of the content world. Since joining James Allen, she has focused on all things diamonds and fine jewelry with the goal of educating and empowering consumers.

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