First discovered in the mountains of Siberia, March's birthstone, the aquamarine, is a blue-green gemstone that has long been beloved by many for its dazzling range of colors, shapes, and sizes. To find out more about this mesmerizing icy stone, keep reading!
1. It is named after the sea.
Due to its calming color range, the name aquamarine is inspired by the ocean, with the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. Though its color can range on a scale from pale blue to deep greenish-blue, the variety consistently reminds people of the tranquility of water, and brings feelings of purity, cleansing, and harmony. In ancient cultures, Aquamarine was believed to be the treasure of mermaids, and was said to bring sailors luck, bravery and protection when they went out to sea.
2. The largest aquamarine weighs
The world's largest cut aquamarine is located at the Smithsonian Museum, and is known as The Dom Pedro. It was discovered in 1980, where it was almost two feet long, and weighed over 60 pounds! After it was cut and polished, however, it was narrowed down to 14 inches long, 4 inches wide, and weighing 10,363 carats (around 4.6 pounds).
3. It is used to represent more than just March Birthdays.
Not many people may know this, but Aquamarines are the recommended gemstones used to celebrate 19th wedding anniversaries in order to symbolize a stronger, resilient and more durable relationship after nearly two decades together. These stones make an even greater gift for birthdays and 19th anniversaries that are being celebrated near the sea, such as on beach trips or cruises.
Here at Dacels, we have a stunning selection of this beautiful gemstone, so come on in today to find the perfect piece of aquamarine jewelry for you or a loved one!