Physical Properties Aquamarine is the cool-toned birthstone for March, this blue-green beauty is also known as the stone of mermaids. The name “aqua-marine” literally means “water of the sea” in Latin, and because of this connection to the sea, the Romans believed that aquamarine should be worn for protection on a sea journey. Aquamarine is also the stone for commemorating 19th wedding anniversaries.
Healing and Meaning The light blue color of aquamarine is known to tie it to levity, youth, and happiness. It is also believed to have soothing qualities, possibly because of its soft, oceanic tones.
It is believed that aquamarine can help its wearer to overcome any fear of voicing their opinions, and to clearly speak their mind. Aquamarine is known to bring quiet courage to whoever wears it and because of its connection to water and the ocean, the cleansing properties can be beneficial when letting go or going through a change.
History and Fame of Aquamarine
One of the most famous pieces of aquamarine is the Dom Pedro aquamarine, which was found in Brazil and is now on display in New York at the Natural History Museum. Not only is the Dom Pedro aquamarine the most famous, but it is also the largest in the world. The stone was etched with elaborate and intricate designs by Bernd Munsteiner that play on its obelisk shape, making it a truly one of a kind piece.
Another well-known aquamarine piece is the beautiful ring that Meghan Markle wore at her wedding to Prince Harry, as her “something blue”. The ring was originally owned by Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, and is estimated at over 30 carats. The choice by Meghan to wear this stunning stone was said to be a touching gesture, and the cool bird’s egg blue beautifully complimented her white wedding dress.
Style Tips for Aquamarine
As Meghan Markle demonstrated by accessorizing her wedding dress with aquamarine jewelry, this sea coloured stone is well paired with white, including white gemstones like diamonds or pearls. In terms of surrounding settings, aquamarine is often complemented by white or yellow gold.
The cool oceanic tones of aquamarine also can look beautiful in a silver setting, and its blue colour can catch the eye with a sparkle in smaller pieces, or create a stunning statement in bigger pieces.
Care and Cleaning tips for Aquamarine
Aquamarine stones are very durable but care should be taken to avoid exposure to chemicals such as ammonia or alcohol. If needed, aquamarine jewelry can be cleaned gently with a soft toothbrush or cloth in warm soapy water. Heat exposure can potentially affect the colour of the stone but aquamarine usually won't be affected by exposure to light.
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