March Birthstone - Aquamarine
Mohs Hardness: 7.5-8 (1 softest to 10 hardest)
Aquamarine is part of the Beryl family. Other gemstones include Emerald, Heliodor and Morganite.They should be viewed as valuable and precious gems.
Aquamarine can be found in sea green, sky blue and dark blue. In the 19th and early 20th century, sea green colours were preferred but since then the sky blue and dark blue varieties have become more desirable and valuable.
Some of the best Aquamarines come from Brazil and Mozambique because of their intense colouring, and their good clarity.
The intensity of the colour can change with aquamarine depending on the angle it is viewed this is because it is dichroic. The step cut or emerald cut is frequently used in order to intensify its blueness.
Aquamarines usually have a much better clarity than emeralds. The more cloudy flawed stones are generally used for beads and cabochons.
The largest gem quality aquamarine crystal mined was 19” long!
The name aquamarine comes from the latin for ‘seawater’ and was said to keep seas calm and sailors safe at sea. It is also thought to enhance the happiness in marriages!
Aquamarines are thought to protect against foes in battle or litigation, It makes the wearer unconquerable and amiable, and also thought to quicken the intellect.
Whilst we are not sure whether the folklore is true – it is undeniable that aquamarine is a stunning gemstone!