Fun Facts About March's Birthstone Aquamarine


Many gemstones have an interesting story behind them and aquamarine is no exception. For instance, have you ever wondered how aquamarine got its name or what gives it that special color? Learn some interesting aquamarine facts and get up close and personal with this exquisite stone.

 

  • Aquamarine is the official birthstone for March and the official gemstone of the 19th wedding anniversary.

 

  • Aquamarine is a semi-precious gem that belongs to the beryl family, which also includes emerald and morganite.

 

  • In fact, aquamarine gemstones are almost chemically identical to emeralds.

 

  • The amount of iron in each aquamarine stone's structure determines the depth of color, thus the color varies. Aquamarine crystal's colors range from sea-foam green, to blue-green, to teal.

 

  • Aquamarine gems rate 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, making them good for everyday jewelry.

 

  • Aquamarine gets its name from Latin "aqua marina" which means "sea water." It references the similarity of the gemstone’s clear blue color and clarity to that of the ocean.

 

  • Aquamarine is a precious stone that is very hard to find. The earth only yields 8 tons of raw aquamarine stones for every 100 tons of rock, which makes it extremely rare and valuable.

 

  • The finest aquamarine gemstones come from Columbia and Brazil, but even the Colorado Rockies have caches of the gem. Other mines extracting gem-quality aquamarine crystals are found in Kenya, Zambia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia, Tanzania, Nigeria and Madagascar.

 

 

  • The world’s largest cut aquamarine, named the Don Pedro, is on display at the Natural History Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. In fact, the stunning Dom Pedro Aquamarine is situated in its own display case at the the Smithsonian just 30 feet from the Hope Diamond.

 

  • Natural aquamarine stones are calming, they help crystal healers soothe overactive nerves.

 

  • Aquamarine, the Pisces birthstone, is a beautiful sun stone associated with Neptune and water signs. It is all about embracing the sweet flow and surging of the water element. Furthermore, the Pisces birthstone can stimulate and balance your throat chakra while forming a strong bridge to the heart chakra.