The name Aquamarine is a derivative of two Latin words: “aqua”, meaning water, and “marina”, meaning the sea – and refers to its sparkling ocean-like color. This gem is the birthstone for March and like emerald, it possesses a color variety of the mineral beryl. Its best form is a combination of high clarity with limpid transparency and blue to slightly greenish blue hues.
Aquamarine embodies all things connected to the sea, as well as those things relating to Heaven reflected on the surface of the water. It was believed to make the wearer invincible unconquerable, providing protection against foes in battle and litigation. Often given as a love token or eternity ring, this gem increases commitment and fidelity “as long as the waters of the earth flow.”
Today, aside being the birthstone for March, it is the official gemstone for the 19th wedding anniversary.
Using warm soapy water is the safest and recommended way of caring for this gemstone.
For over two centuries, the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais has been a major source of this gem. Other sources include; Afghanistan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Ukraine, Mozambique, China, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Sri Lanka and the United States.
In a world that’s becoming more and more polluted, this gem offers us a breath of fresh air and a reminder of the purity and beauty of untainted nature.