Icy-blue and elegant, aquamarine is the traditional birthstone for March. Symbolizing friendship and happiness, celebrate a March birthday with jewelry featuring this exquisite gemstone. Part of the Beryl family, the aquamarine can vary in a blue-green color to a sky blue color. Gemstones containing the green tone are less desirable and are often treated with heat in order to remove the green coloring. Most aquamarines are flawless, which is not the case for most other gemstones. There is quite an abundance of aquamarine stones, which are found in Brazil, China, India, Africa, Australia, and the United States. Another gemstone belonging to the Beryl family is the emerald, which is a vibrantly colored stone. The aquamarine is an extremely durable stone, making it ideal for jewelry.
There are many myths and legends about the aquamarine stone. The Romans believed that if the figure of a frog were carved on an aquamarine, it served to reconcile enemies and make them friends. Another Roman legend stated that the stone absorbs the atmosphere of young love: “When blessed and worn, it joins in love, and does great things.” Aquamarine was also considered the most appropriate morning gift to give to a bride by her groom following the consummation of their marriage. The Greeks and the Romans knew the aquamarine as the sailor’s gem, ensuring the safe and prosperous passage across stormy seas. In Medieval times, the stone was thought to reawaken the love of married couples. It was also believed to render soldiers invincible.