Imagine the clear, pale blue waters of the Mediterranean or the Caribbean and you'll see a gorgeous hue of aquamarine, the traditional birthstone for March. This light blue stone is a form of beryl from the same mineral family as emeralds. Unlike hues from sky blue to green, the deepest color has the highest value.
Its name comes from the Latin "Mare" meaning sea and "aqua" meaning water – a perfect representation of the seawater feel of this highly flexible march birthstone bloodstone jewelry.
Aquamarine has several associations with water. The sailors wore aquamarine mascots carved into the shape of Neptune to protect themselves from the dangers of the sea.
In ancient times, it was believed that water immersed in aquamarine cured diseases of the heart, liver, mouth, throat, and stomach. And of course, a March birthday includes the Pisces zodiac sign, Pisces.
The hardness of gemstones makes them extremely durable for use in jewelry. Aquamarine jewelry varies in color from turquoise (caused by traces of iron in the stone) to sky blue and looks great, whether in a gold or silver setting. Emerald cut aquamarine is often cut with more sides than emerald to show off its brilliance.
Remember to consult a reputable jewelry store when purchasing aquamarine jewelry. The stone sold as "Brazilian aquamarine" can be blue topaz. "Siam Aquamarine" is likely blue zircon that has been heat-treated to enhance color.