March's Birthstone: Aquamarine

Aquamarine, March's birthstone, evokes daydreams of azure blue seas and tropical lagoons. It's only fitting as the name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word for seawater. How to Wear It Aquamarine suits just about any complexion with its subtle blue hues and show-stopping sparkle. If you have a pale complexion and blue/green eyes, stick to the light, watery blues. And, if you have an olive skin tone, delve into the more saturated dark blue-green varieties. For some, even, aquamarine is the stone of choice for their engagement ring or to be the “something blue” on their wedding day. Basically, March's birthstone, can be worn all year round, on any complexion, with any outfit, day or night. But, when in doubt – diamonds, always diamonds. (Stay tuned for next month's installment of our Birthstone Guide by Month when we talk about the ultimate gemstone—the diamond.) Care Aquamarine, which is part of the beryl family of minerals that also includes emerald, is a very stable and durable gemstone for use in jewelry. Similar to most gems, warm soapy water is always a safe cleaning method for aquamarine. As long as the stone doesn't have any liquid inclusions or fractures, ultrasonic and steam cleaners are usually a safe bet too. History The aquamarine is known for a variety of meanings over the course of history, almost as many as its color variation from very light sky blue to deep blue green. It was the symbol of happiness and everlasting youth for ancient Egyptians, the Greeks and Romans thought it provided safe passage for sailors, and in the Medieval times, it was said to re-awaken the love and passion of a married couple. If this isn't a reason to buy some aquamarine jewelry, I'm not sure what is. Check please! Geology Aquamarine is usually found in granitic pegmatites. Pegmatites are igneous rocks that form during the final stage of magma crystallization. The presence of iron will turn beryl to aquamarine during the crystallization process. Forming sizable crystals, the modern birthstone allows fine jewelry designers plenty of room for creativity and offers the potential for larger designer pieces. Fast forward to today and it is typically set in luxury rings, earrings and other fine designer jewelry pieces where bright accents or a pure bright blue elements are needed against other designer stones like opal. Bet you didn't know: Birth Month: March Zodiac Sign: Pisces / Aries Other Applications: It's the sparkling gem of a couple's 19th wedding anniversary. These are a few of our March birthstone ring picks from the timeless classic to the super funky:
[caption id="attachment_907" align="alignnone" width="200"]jane-taylor-swoonery Jane Taylor Cirque Baguette Eternity Band[/caption] [caption id="attachment_905" align="alignnone" width="150"]eden-presley-swoonery Eden Presley Aquamarine & Boulder Opal Drop Earrings[/caption] [caption id="attachment_908" align="alignnone" width="150"]yael-sonia-swoonery Yael Sonia Aquamarine Hammered Brilliant Curve Ring[/caption]
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