Aquamarine: Meaning, March Birthstone
Aquamarine Gemstone Origin
Aquamarine or 'oriental emeralds' are popular among those who love blue gemstones. The name is taken from the Latin word 'aqua' (water); and 'marine,' deriving from 'marina' (Latin for 'of the sea').
In the past, mariners claimed that aquamarine provided them with safety and luck.
Aquamarine was first discovered in the Siberian sea in 1723. By the end of the 18th century, larger deposits were found existing. These stones were more treasured than gold and due to their value these deposits are high in demand by western European countries.
Aquamarine as the February Birthstone
March 1 - 31
Alongside bloodstone, Aquamarine is the birthstone of the month when spring officially begins. This gemstone symbolizes youth, love, and hope. Those with the birthstone Aquamarine are protective to others, love being surrounded by family members, and have adventurous passion.
Color, Shades, and Varieties
Aquamarine is formed by a beryllium aluminum silicate mineral with a Mohs Scale of 7.5 to 8. This gem varies from dark blue to slightly greenish-blue in color. Generally, the intense blue shade reflects purer aquamarines, with most of the existing ones colored light greenish-blue.
Varieties of Aquamarine:
Brazilian aquamarine: blueish green.
Santa Maria aquamarine: medium-dark tone and highly saturated blue color.
Maxixe beryl: treated beryl with excellent aquamarine blue, known for fading.
Madagascar aquamarine: fine, medium blue.
The clear ocean color appearance means purity of spirit and soul.
Brings happiness in marriage, calmness, and protection for the wearer.
Protects in battle and litigation