March Birthstone:  Aquamarine

Celebrate your March birthday with a J. Douglas Jewelers beautiful, custom jewelry piece featuring aquamarine, the official birthstone of March. Known for its clear aqua blue color, aquamarine means “water of the sea,” a name which originated in the early 1700s. These shimmering gems are part of the beryl family of minerals, which also includes emeralds. Aquamarines come in colors ranging from the palest blue to dark blue-greens. They usually have excellent clarity and can be found in quite large sizes.    An interesting characteristic of aquamarine for those who enjoy wearing fine jewelry is that the stone actually looks better under artificial light than daylight, making it a good choice for dinners and other evening events.Regardless of the shade, the color of aquamarine is always beautiful, serene, and peaceful.

aquamarine earrings

Cushion cut aquamarine drop earrings with diamond accents

Legend has it that aquamarines were the prized possessions of mermaids and would protect sailors from the dangers of the sea, including warding off sea-sickness. The Romans considered the aquamarine as the sailor’s gem, ensuring the safe and prosperous passage across stormy seas. It was also believed to render soldiers invincible.  During World War II the US Navy commissioned a coastal patrol yacht called the USS Aquamarine, named in honor of the gemstone and its connection to the ocean.

For her coronation in 1953, Queen Elizabeth received a gift of an aquamarine necklace and earrings from the President and people of Brazil.  The stones are perfectly matched; according to Leslie Field in The Queen’s Jewels, it took a year to collect them. Brazil continued to collect stones for the Queen following the first gift, and in 1958 presented her with a large brooch and a bracelet to add to the set.

Queen Elizabeth's Aquamarine Tiarra

Queen Elizabeth loved and praised the gift so much that in 1957, she ordered Garrard & Co, London to design and make a matching aquamarine tiara for her. The Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara is still in use today and was last worn in Australia in 2011.

 

Aquamarines possess a score of 7.5-8 on the hardness scale, which means that they’re durable enough to be worn as jewelry but that you should avoid any rough wear that might scratch them.  The best way to clean your aquamarine jewelry is with plain, warm soapy water (using mild liquid soap). Once you have washed the stone, make sure you rinse it off well with plain warm water.

Here are a few of our favorite fashions paired with aquamarine jewelry.

aquamarine jewelry and fashion

Sarina gown by Raoul paired with a gorgeous aquamarine and diamond pendant

 

aquamarine statement jewelry

Protagonist Resort 2017 and aquamarine square collar necklace by Jodan

 

aquamarine earrings and dress

Flora Maxi Sheer Swing Dress and Stud Earrings with Aquamarine & Diamonds in 10kt White Gold

 

March’s birthstone shows off its dazzling shades in our custom aquamarine rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.  J. Douglas Jewelers offers the highest quality products and specializes in custom designed jewelry. Our attention to detail, original designs, expert workmanship, and personal service will inspire you and invoke your trust. We can custom make engagement rings, wedding rings, pendants, rings, bracelets and almost anything you dream of. To discuss designing a custom piece of jewelry, please call us at (954) 972-1190.

J. Douglas Jewelers is a family owned and operated store located in the Promenade at Coconut Creek. J. Douglas Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design, fine jewelry including diamond and bridal jewelry and offers a wide selection of watches.