Aquamarine is a timeless gemstone, and with its palette of blue hues, the colour of water and sky, is believed to embody eternal life. As the birthstone for March, it symbolises youth, hope, health and fidelity, and aquamarine’s soothing influence on married couples has made it a popular anniversary gift.
Often, aquamarine is light in colour, and tones can range from greenish-blue to blue-green. Larger stones often occur in more intense and rich colours, compared to smaller stones, and these richer colours are more expensive.
Aquamarine is part of the Beryl mineral family, along with emerald and morganite. Growing in hexagonal crystals, aquamarine is predominantly mined in Brazil and Pakistan, but sources in Zambia, Madagascar and Mozambique also exist.
With a hardness of 7.5-8 on Moh’s hardness scale, March’s birthstone is a relatively durable gemstone and can be worn on a daily basis. Perfect for earrings, pendants and rings, aquamarine is one of those versatile gemstones that works for virtually all occasions.
One of the most famous aquamarines in the world is a 1,298ct aquamarine presented to former American First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt by the government of Brazil. More recently, in May last year, Meghan Markle wore Princess Diana’s +20ct aquamarine cocktail ring when she married Prince Harry.
As with all other gemstones, Katannuta Diamonds has extensive supplies of the birthstone for March, aquamarine in all shapes and sizes, so why not give us a call and help us select your perfect stone? We specialise in bespoke jewellery manufacture and can help you design and manufacture that special piece of aquamarine jewellery.