Introducing The Aquamarine: What You Need To Know About March’s Birthstone

Introducing The Aquamarine: What You Need To Know About March’s Birthstone

Famous as the birthstone for March, as well as the traditional present for the 19th anniversary the aquamarine is far more than just a pretty face.

Going far back in time, ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians and the Sumerians, held the aquamarine as a talisman of protection, believing it to safeguard against dangers during sea voyages and promote harmony and well-being. The stone's association with water and the ocean imbued it with a sense of divine significance, with some cultures even attributing it to the realm of sea goddesses and spirits.

Throughout history, aquamarines have adorned the crowns and jewellery of royalty and aristocracy, symbolising purity, fidelity, and eternal youth. Their allure still captivates the hearts of gemstone enthusiasts and collectors worldwide.

One of the largest and most famous aquamarines of all time was a spectacular 1,298-carat gift to American First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt by Brazilian President Getúlio Vargas more than 85 years ago. 

The rough crystal that produced this emerald-cut, dark blue gemstone weighed around 1.3 kg, and was actually able to yield a second spectacular stone weighing 865 carats, which was sold to Jagatjit Singh, the Maharaja of Kapurthala. In 1947, the Roosevelt aquamarine was donated to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York.

Another famous aquamarine currently sits on the finger of Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. 

Originally owned by Princess Diana, it was a gift from Prince Harry from his mother’s personal collection. The ring is part of a set – there is a matching bracelet which Diana wore in 1996. It is an emerald cut aquamarine flanked by small, solitaire diamonds and set in 24-carat yellow gold.

One of the reasons that the aquamarine is so popular is due to its versatility. Take our Florance ring for example. 

Set in 18kt white gold, this statement ring features 24 small diamonds and a show-stopping 1.44ct pale blue aquamarine. This piece could be used as a compliment to any cocktail night, or alternatively, it would make the perfect engagement ring. 


Same stone, different look and we have the Enhancer Aquamarine.

Featuring a 15.90ct rectangular aquamarine pendant set in 14kt yellow gold, the Enhancer is designed with versatility in mind and is perfect to clip on any chain or bracelet.

Finally, we have our delicate ‘Maggie’ earrings.

This pretty pair are beautiful aquamarine and diamond drop earrings set in 18kt white gold. They have a total of 42 diamonds weighing 0.335ct and would compliment any occasion. 


So what should you look out for when buying your dream aquamarine? 


The colour of aquamarines is so important, and the standard colour is usually light blue with a hint of green or turquoise. When you inspect your gem make sure you can’t see light or dark patches within, or markings called inclusions; experts prefer an even colour and blemish-free gems attract a higher price. 


Part of enjoying your aquamarine jewellery for years to come is looking after it properly. Make sure that you store your pieces in a safe place and separate from other jewellery so as to avoid scratches. Also keeping them away from direct sunlight or heat as that could damage the stone by affecting the colour, or in extreme circumstances, cause cracking. 

When you do choose to give them a clean, just use a soft cloth and mild detergent and warm water to do the trick, anything harsher can also cause damage to the stones. 




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