All About Aquamarine: March's Birthstone

Published: April 1, 2011
Modified: September 8, 2020

by Rebecca Nichols

What is Aquamarine?

Aquamarine, the birthstone for March, is one of the most popular members of the beryl family.

All About March's Birthstone, Aquamarine (source: JTV Youtube)

Aquamarine FAQ

Here are answers to more frequently asked questions about March's birthstone:

What color is March's birthstone?

Aquamarine comes in shades of translucent blue. Intense dark blue and green-blues that closely resemble the color of the sea are considered the most valuable, but aquamarine also comes in pale and pastel blue.

What is the spiritual meaning of aquamarine?

Aquamarine’s soothing blues promote relaxation and peace of mind as you ride the waves of life. Legends say this gem was beloved by mermaids and would bring good luck and smooth sailing to ancient sailors. Aquamarine is also associated with courage, justness, and friendship.

Where is aquamarine found?

While most of the world’s supply comes from Brazil, aquamarine is also mined in Africa, India, China, Russia and even here in the United States in California and Colorado.

Are aquamarines valuable?

Aquamarine is readily available and moderate in price, even for larger specimens. Its value is influenced by its clarity, depth of blue and purity of color.

Did you know...

 Aquamarine's name means “water of the sea” from the Latin words “aqua marina."

Aquamarine Gemstone Properties

For more facts and information about the characteristics of the March birthstone, check out the Aquamarine Gemopedia page.

Uncut and Cut Aquamarine
Uncut and Cut Aquamarine

Physical Properties of Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a type I clarity stone with good stability and toughness. It rates 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it good for everyday jewelry.

Healing Properties and Benefits of Aquamarine

Being the color of water, some have credited aquamarine with all the same nurturing properties and wear it to cure ailments, especially involving the throat, liver and stomach. Aquamarine has also been said to protect pregnant women and their babies from harm.

Unboxing Raw and Cut Beryl (source: JTV YouTube)

Did you know...

As a member of the beryl family, aquamarine is a close relative of emerald. 

Aquamarine Birthstone Jewelry and Gifts

If you love aquamarine and want more variety, or would like to get acquainted with this gemstone for the first time, then take advantage of the fantastic values and excellent selection from JTV's Birthstones by Month Jewelry Guide.

Cut Aquamarine
Cut Aquamarine

Aquamarine March Birthstone Jewelry Buyers' Guide

Make waves with March’s birthstone by adding aquamarine to your wardrobe. For a springtime look perfect for March, try pairing aquamarine with bright coral, earthy tans, and warm neutrals.

More Aquamarine Gift Ideas

Whether you were born in March or not, aquamarine's refreshing blue is perfect for adding a serene splash of color to any outfit. Aquamarine is becoming more common in jewelry of all sorts, so you have more options than ever before to bring aquamarine into your wardrobe.

Did you know...

Aquamarine is the gemstone traditionally given for the 19th wedding anniversary.

March Birthstone Alternatives

March’s alternative birthstone is bloodstone. Bloodstone gets its name from the red splotches resembling blood contained within green jasper. Being associated with strength and good health, bloodstone is often used as a lucky charm by athletes and health-conscious people who want to become stronger.


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