March’s birthstone, the dazzling aquamarine, is adored for its characteristic oceanic hues. Incandescent and mystical, aquamarine glows with the colors of still, clear water under a shining sun. Its name comes from the Latin “aqua” and “marinus,” translating to “water of the sea.” With its gorgeous coloration, it’s no wonder that it has traditionally been associated with water and maritime marvels.

Two aquamarine, silver rings photographed on a light blue background, one has a bigger stone than the other.

What does aquamarine symbolize?

Aquamarine is believed to bring courage, luck and calm to its wearer. Roman and Greek sailors used aquamarine to bring luck for fishing and peaceful waves for their journeys, which is why it has historically been known as the “Sailor’s Gem.” Ancient Greek legends say that aquamarine spilled from mermaids’ treasure chests and washed onto the beaches, so it is thought that some sailors used the gem to protect themselves from sea monsters. Aquamarine is also believed to increase happiness in marriage as the traditional gemstone for 19th wedding anniversary presents.

Where is the largest aquamarine gemstone found?

While aquamarine is most frequently sold in jewelry stores, the largest cut aquamarine is on display at the National Museum of Natural History. When it was found in a Brazilian mine, the crystal weighed over 100 pounds, though it broke during excavation. The largest piece at about 60 pounds was carved into an obelisk sculpture by artist Bernd Munsteiner and named the Dom Pedro Aquamarine. 

What are aquamarine's properties?

Aquamarine birthstones come in a dazzling array of blues, ranging between light blue, blue-green and dark blue. Most aquamarine naturally has a light blue-green color, but it’s almost always heat treated for jewelry to highlight its characteristic blue.

This gemstone has a Mohs hardness of 7.5-8, making it ideal for jewelry. While most aquamarine pieces are faceted, you can also find them in cabochon form for a soft and unique style. Cabochons are smooth gemstones without the traditional jewelry facets.

March’s birthstone is made up of beryl, a mineral that is common in several popular gemstones. If you enjoy the forest tones of emerald, you’ll likely adore aquamarine as well. These two stones are nearly identical in chemical make-up, but they differ in color because of trace elements throughout the crystals. Emerald includes the element chromium, creating the gorgeous green we all know and love, while aquamarine includes traces of iron. Who knew this tough metal contributed to aquamarine’s timeless beauty?

If you’re looking for a present for that special March birthday or a beautiful blue wonder, JTV’s collection of aquamarine birthstone jewelry is bound to have the perfect piece for you.

A line of three aquamarine rings stacked on top of each other, photographed on a white background. From top to bottom: circular cut, square cut and teardrop cut gemstones.