Birthstone for March – Aquamarine 14th March 2019 – Posted in: Blog
Aquamarine is the birthstone of March, the aquamarine gem is typically found in shades of blue/green, but as the gem is dichroic, it can be seen to be blue or colourless when viewed from different angles. During the 19th century, the most popular colour for the aquamarine gem was sea-green, but today the desired colour is sky-blue or dark blue.
The aquamarine gem has been used in jewellery since 500BC, believed to be the treasure of mermaids, it was mostly worn by sailors & travellers to protect against shipwreck and sea-sickness. It has long been a symbol of youth, hope and health also.
Ancient legends throughout history tie the aquamarine gem to the water and oceans. Some believed that the gem was strong, this was because it had been submerged in water, so when the powers started to dwindle, they would place the gem back into water on the night of a full moon to revitalize it. Sailors would believe that if the waters were rough with storm, that throwing the aquamarine overboard would calm the Gods, and thus calming down the storm.
Similarly, the Romans & Greeks believed the aquamarine to be a ‘Sailors Gem’ and even thought that it could heal medical ailments of the throat, stomach and liver. Whilst calming storms, the gem was also believed to be able to bring rains when they are needed, and to curse enemies with drought. The gem was also believed to render soldiers invincible. Soldiers would take it with them on battles, as a form of protection. In modern times, this belief has been carried over and is now worn in legal battles, a gem for ‘protection in battle.’
Unrelated to the sea, the aquamarine was believed to soothe and prolong relationships, it is therefore the gemstone is used as a 19th wedding anniversary gift.
The aquamarine is typically found in Brazil, Madagascar, Afghanistan & Russia. When found, it is often found as hexagonal crystals, though it is often cut with the table facet parallel to the length to emphasize the deepest colour. It is typically found within pegmatites and alluvial deposits of gravel. The aquamarines that are found and sold are usually heat treated in order to enhance the colours, but (careful!) as overheating can render the stone colourless.People that are born in March are of the Pisces zodiac signs. Colours that are linked to Pisces are Indigo, Blue and many more shades similar to the sea, just like the aquamarine itself. People in the Pisces family are typically known to be calm, quiet melancholy or isolated. Pisces is also a water sign, it is often characterised with empathy and expressed emotional capacity. Pisces people are often friendly, generous, compassionate, faithful and caring. These are also traits that should be carried into relationships, which relates to the Aquamarine being used to elongate the passion and love in couples. The aquamarine is also similarly seen to be a representation of faithfulness, courage and friendship.