Aquamarine beryl in its natural state. Photo by Rob Lavinsky.
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March, but we love it all year round. Calling to mind cool water and summer beaches, it can also be incorporated into a winter wardrobe to evoke sparkling ice and clear winter skies. The gemstone’s name - from "aqua" (water) and "marina" (of the sea) - honors its color. Where sapphire and lapis make commanding statements in primary blue, aquamarine’s hues tend toward the gentle. The most spectacular examples of Aquamarine are a crisp, clear, sky-blue color, but it ranges from soft greys to almost green, and sometimes bears unique inclusions that earn the moniker “mossy aquamarine”. Aquamarine plays well with others, equally amenable to the company of golden or silvery metals, including the rich patina of oxidized sterling silver.
Sterling silver pendant with aquamarine in a "Four Star" pattern, by Adel Chefridi Oxidized sterling silver earrings with aquamarine and lapis beads, by Sarah Chapman
Aquamarine is part of the Beryl family - a family of prestigious minerals that also includes verdant Emerald (May's birthstone) and romantic pink Morganite and obscure but brilliant yellowy Heliodor. Like Emerald, it has long been popular as a gemstone for adornment, populating the crown jewels of many nations, but similarly adored by private citizens. For those who love minerals for their purported metaphysical properties, aquamarine’s watery hues are said to encourage a calm and tranquil disposition.
Tassel earrings and pendant by Philippa Roberts. Gold vermeil with aquamarine, rutilated quartz, and citrine.
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