Aquamarine is the beautiful gemstone used to celebrate March birthdays.
Aquamarine ranges in color from serene light sky blue to intense bluish-green. Lighter hued aquamarine gemstones are slightly more common than darker ones. This gemstone’s name unsurprisingly comes from the latin words for water (aqua) and sea (marina). Aquamarines are mined in Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Russia.
There is plenty of folklore about aquamarines. There are stories that say aquamarines were the prized gem of mermaids and of course sailors believed the stone would keep them safe and prevent illness on the open seas.
The largest cut aquamarine gemstone is housed in the Nation’s Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Called the Dom Pedro aquamarine, it was mined in Brazil and weighs almost 60 pounds.
At Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler we have had the pleasure to produce many fine custom crafted pieces of jewelry that showcase this beautiful gemstone. Here are some examples of exquisite aquamarine jewelry.