Aquamarine Jewellery The March Birthstone By prudenandsmith on 10th March 2021 in Aquamarine jewellery Aquamarine hues can range from blueish green, blue-green, greenish blue, to deep blue, and its tones can vary from very light to moderately dark. In Western cultures, due to its colour and name, it has a folklore strongly connected to the sea. Here’s a selection of the many varied looks of Aquamarine Jewellery The March Birthstone. Stunning as a solitaire contemporary engagement or dress ring: Mixed with diamonds in platinum for a classic multi stone ring or eternity Mixed with multi coloured gemstones in fun stacking rings and pendants Giant included aquamarine cabochons make fabulous cocktail rings Blue Topaz is a less expensive gemstone with some shades resembling aquamarine. Some shades are more electric than you would expect of aquamarine like this swiss blue topaz stacking ring. Blue topaz tends to be heat treated where as Aquamarine is not. Pale shades or included material is less expensive than the stronger colours. Contact our designer to select you a beautiful aquamarine to view as a starting point to creating your own handmade bespoke Aquamarine Jewellery The March Birthstone. Book your appointment here A little history: Aquamarine has been used as jewellery for at least 3000 years and is referenced in Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman writings. The Greeks called it the sailor’s stone and The Roman philosopher Pliny suggested ‘the lovely aquamarine . . . . seems to have come from some mermaid’s treasure house’. In those days it was not called aquamarine but ‘sea-green beryl’ and in some ancient texts it was one of the seven sacred stones taken to sea to ensure a safe return. Pricing and origin: Aquamarine can be found in fairly large sizes but it is color and clarity that make the price. Cutters remove the blemished or impure parts of the stone to create a smaller, strongly coloured stone. A small transparent stone of saturated deep blue will be worth a stone twice its size if it is pale with inclusions. Although Brazil was once the prime source of the valuable Santa Maria aquamarine those mines have been exhausted and now it is only colour that really determines the value not where the gemstones come from. So long as they possess that strong blue colour they can be mined in Madagascar, Burma or Colorado! Original documented gems with good colour from Siberia or Brazil are highly valued.