Aquamarine: The Serene Gem of March,

Aquamarine: The Serene Gem of March

March heralds the arrival of spring, a season synonymous with rebirth and renewal. Mirroring this natural rejuvenation, March's birthstone, aquamarine, captivates with its serene, oceanic hues. Aquamarine, whose name originates from the Latin words for water ("aqua") and sea ("mare"),is a gemstone that embodies the tranquillity of the sea. The Bench Jewellery Co., with goldsmiths and gemologists experienced at crafting custom jewellery pieces, invites you to explore the enchanting world of aquamarine and consider the allure of custom-designed aquamarine jewellery for your collection.

Aquamarine as a Birthstone

Aquamarine has been celebrated as the birthstone for March since ancient times. It is believed to symbolize youth, health, and hope, making it a perfect gift for those born in this month. As a birthstone, aquamarine is thought to bring peace, serenity, and harmony to its wearer, reflecting the soothing essence of its watery namesake.

Brief History of Aquamarine

Aquamarine boasts a rich history that spans centuries and cultures. Ancient sailors regarded the gem as a talisman to ensure safe passage across stormy seas and to ward off oceanic dangers. In the Middle Ages, aquamarine was believed to possess healing properties, particularly for heart, liver, and stomach diseases. Its soothing blue-green spectrum has made it a cherished gem throughout history, symbolizing purity, relaxation, and the exhilarating freedom of the seas.

Properties of Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a variety of beryl, the same mineral family as emerald, and is known for its durability and clarity. The gem's colour ranges from the palest blue to vibrant teal, with the most prized specimens showcasing a deep, ocean-blue hue. This variation in colour is due to the concentrations of iron within the crystal structure. Aquamarine's hardness on the Mohs scale is a respectable 7.5 to 8, making it both a durable and a desirable choice for jewellery.

Common Geographical Sources of Aquamarine

The quest for aquamarine takes us to exotic locations around the globe. Today, major sources of this bewitching gemstone include Brazil, which is renowned for producing large and deeply coloured aquamarines. Other significant sources are found in African nations such as Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, and Mozambique, as well as in the mountainous terrains of Pakistan and Russia.

Aquamarine in Jewellery

Aquamarine's versatile shades make it an exceptional choice for a variety of jewellery pieces. It is particularly striking when set in rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. The gemstone pairs beautifully with both white and yellow metals, allowing for stunning creations that cater to individual tastes. Aquamarine's clarity and colour depth enhance its brilliance, making it a favoured choice for statement pieces as well as subtle, everyday wear.

Interesting Facts About Aquamarine

  • Aquamarine is the traditional gift for the 19th wedding anniversary, symbolizing long-lasting love and happiness.
  • The largest aquamarine ever discovered weighed over 110 kg (243 lbs) and was found in Brazil.
  • Aquamarine was once believed to have the power to predict the future when cut as a crystal ball.
  • Ancient Romans used aquamarine for medicinal purposes, grinding the stone into powder to cure various ailments.
  • One of the most famous aquamarine pieces is the aquamarine necklace and earrings set given to Queen Elizabeth II by the President of Brazil, which she later remade to include a larger aquamarine pendant, showcasing the gemstone's royal appeal
  • Some aquamarine stones have the unique ability to glow under UV light, showcasing a stunning range of blues that enhance their appeal and make them a subject of interest among collectors
  • Aquamarine has been the state gemstone for Colorado since 1971

Caring for Aquamarine Jewellery

To ensure your aquamarine jewellery retains its mesmerizing allure, regular care is essential. Aquamarine should be cleaned gently with soap and warm water, using a soft brush to remove any dirt or oils. Avoid exposing the gemstone to harsh chemicals or extreme temperatures, as these can damage the stone. Storing your aquamarine jewellery in a separate pouch or box will help protect it from scratches and maintain its vibrant beauty.


Aquamarine's captivating hues and enduring charm make it a timeless choice for jewellery enthusiasts and those celebrating March birthdays. At The Bench Jewellery Co., located in Kamloops, Kelowna, and Chilliwack, we specialize in bringing your unique visions to life. Our expert designers are dedicated to crafting custom aquamarine jewellery that reflects your personal style and sentiment. Whether you're drawn to the stone's serene beauty or its rich history, we invite you to explore the possibilities

with us. Visit The Bench Jewellery Co. to start your bespoke aquamarine jewellery journey today.

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