On my first trip to Italy, I visited the spectacular Isle of Capri. I still remember the vivid aqua of the water. Aquamarine, the March birthstone always brings to mind that trip. I returned to the Amalfi Coast with Doug as part of our 10th-anniversary celebration. This gemstone is known as a symbol of youth, hope, health, and fidelity and is the color of water and the sky, it is said to embody eternal life. We were certainly rejuvenated on that trip. Aquamarine has long been thought to have a soothing influence on married couples, making it a good anniversary gift. I will attest being surrounded by the beautiful blue is certainly calming.
Aquamarines are found in a range of blues; from pale pastel to a greenish-blue to a deep color. I love pairing the light colors with organic shapes into rings and cuffs.
Darker shades of blue are increasingly rare and in turn, are more valuable and I like the crispness of the darker color.
The March birthstone, aquamarine, was thought to cure heart, liver, and stomach diseases—all one had to do was drink the water in which the gem had been soaking. Early sailors believed that aquamarine talismans, etched with the likeness of the sea god Neptune, protected them against ocean dangers.
Aquamarine is a relatively common gemstone and is affordable in lighter colors. Deeper colors can command high prices. Some enormous transparent crystal masses of Aquamarine have been found, and exquisite gems weighing thousands of carats have been cut from them.
The light blue to blue-green color of Aquamarine, the March birthstone, may fade upon prolonged exposure to light, so it is especially important to purchase this gem from a reliable dealer. Aquamarine is a hard and durable gem, but it may develop internal cracks if banged hard.
Light blue Topaz is easily mistaken for Aquamarine. The colors of these two gems can be identical, and their physical properties are very similar. Topaz is generally less expensive.