March's Birthstone Aquamarine: Fun Facts
Aquamarines gemstones are fascinating creations. Here are 13 aquamarine fun facts about this attractive blue gem:
- Aquamarine meaning: March's birthstone gets its name from Latin "aqua marina" which means "sea water." Aquamarine's meaning references the similarity of the gemstone’s lovely blue color and clarity to that of the ocean.
- It’s not just aquamarine's name which links it to the sea. Historically, it was a particularly popular gemstone amongst sailors. When leaving on long voyages, sailors would take with them an aquamarine stone to protect them from seasickness and any unexpected accidents.
- Known as the birthstone for the month of March, this gem is also the wedding anniversary gemstone for the 19th year of marriage.
- Aquamarine crystals' zodiac sign is Pisces and the planet Neptune.
- Aquamarine Combinations: Ranging from pale blue or greenish blue to strong green-blues or deep blues, aquamarine combinations vary.
- Aquamarine Color: Like all gemstones, there is a variation in aquamarine's attractive blue color and price. For example, a crystal clear diamond is the regarded as the highest quality. The same goes for super deluxe aquamarine gemstones with a sky blue color, they are considered the most valuable shade.
- Aquamarine Benefits: An aquamarine's benefits include relaxation of the senses and for this reason is often used in meditation.
- Aquamarine price per carat: Low quality to mid-range raw aquamarines can range from $5 to $100 per carat. Past 10 carats, aquamarine's price per carat for mid-range aquamarines ranges between $150 and $200 per carat
- Raw aquamarine hotspots also include Soviet Union, Madagascar (where dark aquamarines are found), the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and India.
- Super deluxe dark aquamarine stones are very valuable.
- A common aquamarine imitation is glass. One way to determine whether an aquamarine stone is real or simply colored glass is to conduct a scratch test. If you notice scratches on the surface of the gem, it's probably fake. Real aquamarine is a very hard stone (Mohs 8) and therefore is quite difficult to scratch. Real aquamarine is a lot harder than glass which has a Mohs ranking of just 5.5.
- Best quality aquamarines are “clean” and free of visible inclusions. These best quality aquamarine stones are found in gem mines in Columbia and Brazil.
- In 1910, Brazil's largest ever aquamarine crystal was found to weigh 243 pounds. It was then cut into smaller stones, yielding more than 200,000 carats.
- Gem cuts for aquamarine gems range from emerald, followed by oval and pear-shaped in popularity.
- Wearing March's birthstone increases courage, happiness, intelligence, wisdom and youthfulness.
- The best way to clean your lovely blue aquamarine jewelry is with plain, warm soapy water (using mild liquid soap) and an old toothbrush. Once you have washed your aquamarine jewelry, make sure you rinse it off well with plain water. Be careful to use warm water instead of hot water, to reduce the dangers of thermal shock. Avoid sudden temperature changes, steaming and contact with cosmetics, hairspray, perfume or household chemicals