Jewellery

Aquamarine birthstones for a March birthday

Celebrate a March birthday in sparkling style with these beautiful blue aquamarines, the birthstone for those born in March. Aquamarine is a form of beryl which ranges from palest ice through to dark ocean blue. They have also been associated with calming and soothing human moods.

Celebrate a March birthday in sparkling style with these beautiful blue aquamarine birthstones

By Kim Parker

Aquamarines are known as the treasures of mermaids and fishermen alike. Shimmering blue aquamarine birthstones have been associated with the sea since time immemorial. Both sailors and ocean-going explorers once wore aquamarine jewellery as a talisman, to ward off sea-sickness and to protect against shipwreck.

Ancient Greek and Roman sailors caught up in a storm are believed to have thrown their aquamarine jewels into the foaming waters. They wanted to appease the angry gods. The apostle St. Thomas is also frequently associated with the March’s aquamarine birthstones. St Thomas was believed to have travelled largely by boat. 

Aquamarine birthstones weren’t just prized for their mythical ability to calm angry seas. The gemstones which are a form of beryl ranges in colour from palest ice through to dark ocean blue. They have also been associated with calming and soothing human moods.

In the 12th century, aquamarines were said to help protect against one’s enemies in battle. Aquamarines were also used to settle furious debates and bring clarity to all communication. Stomach upsets and h eye problems were also resolved with the aquamarine gems.

Pliny the Elder (23AD – 73AD), the ancient historian recommended looking at greenish gemstones such as emeralds or aquamarines to refresh tired eyes. Some medieval scholars took this a step further and associated aquamarines with the gift of foresight. They believed that crystal balls carved from ‘watery green’ aquamarines were the very best for telling fortunes. Shamans, too, believed the gemstone aided powerful soul work, and used it to aid meditation. 

These days, aquamarines are the birthstone for March, and are also associated with 19th wedding anniversaries (perhaps it’s all that help with calm and communication?). They are also amongst the world’s most popular gemstones.

Aquamarines are often found in larger crystal sizes and renowned for their sparkling clarity. Because of this they are the perfect gift for anyone celebrating a March birthday. Equally, an aquamarine ring would make a romantic and glamourous engagement ring choice for anyone thinking of popping the question this year. 

Here’s our edit of the best and most brilliant available to buy right now. 

Cartier Sixième Sens High Jewellery brooch with white gold, two octagonal-shaped aquamarines, onyx, emerald and diamonds, POA
Pippa Small AW20
Pippa Small AW20
MATEO earrings in 14k Yellow Gold with aquamarine, blue topaz, pearl & diamonds, £3600
MATEO earrings in 14k Yellow Gold with aquamarine, blue topaz, pearl & diamonds, £3,600

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