Aquamarine: birthstone for March and a blue-green reminder of the sea
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March – but we can enjoy this beautiful gemstone all year round.
This jewel is understandably associated with the sea – the colour immediately connects it with the ocean, and ”aquamarine” is the Latin word for “seawater”. Perhaps as a result of this connection, sailors have always thought of it as a lucky stone. Aquamarine is also a symbol of eternal youth and happiness, hence it is a good choice as a wedding anniversary gift. The 19th anniversary is the year for giving an aquamarine.
In the past, many gemstones were believed to have healing qualities. Aquamarine has also been mentioned in documents from centuries ago, as a healing stone. It was thought to help arthritis, eye inflammation, sore throats and seasickness.
Aquamarine is the blue version of the mineral beryl, and like the sea, has many variations on its blue green colour. Pale bluish-green stones were most sought after in the 19th century. Fortunately for the Victorians, this colour is the one most commonly found. More recently, the intense and darker blue colouration is most valued. As a result, aquamarine is mostly heat treated these days, to stabilise the blue and remove traces of green.
The pieces below – rings, ear clips and a brooch – are just a few examples of the range of colour and variety of settings, cuts and styles made possible by the colour and particular qualities of hardness of this beautiful gemstone.
Art Nouveau Aquamarine Brooch by Fouquet
An Art Nouveau yellow gold brooch featuring the pale blueish-green aquamarine colour enjoyed by 19th century and early 20th century jewelry lovers. It is designed with a central aquamarine panel carrying an aquamarine drop, set between two green tourmalines, within enamelled ovals outlined in diamonds, by Georges Fouquet, Paris. From The Jewellery Editor
Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger Seven Leaves Ear Clips
Designer Jean Schlumberger’s interest in natural forms is evident in this pair of Tiffany & Co ear clips. Each clip, in 18K gold and platinum with oval aquamarines and round brilliant diamonds, sprouts seven leaves. They are typical of Schlumberger’s design inspiration and a fine example of his work. Details: 14.89 Karats of aquamarine 4.06 Karats of diamond From Jewels du Jour
Verdura ‘Plume’ Earclips
Verdura ‘Plume’ ear clips have platinum mountings set with round, brilliant-cut diamonds and an abundance of aquamarine briolette beads. From designs by Verdura – Count Fulco di Verdura. Details: 58 diamonds, 100 Karats of aquamarine beads, from The Jewellery Editor
de Grisogono Aquamarine Ring
A ring by de Grisogono from their Melody of Colours collection. The large central aquamarine is held with diamond-set prongs and diamonds are scattered throughout the aquamarine melee. From The Jewellery Editor
Alexandra Mor Ode to Enchanted Light Ring
This dramatic piece by Alexandra Mor is the ‘Ode to Enchanted Light’ ring. The remarkable 27.24ct intense bright blue-green aquamarine is Asscher-cut, a stepped cut usually reserved for diamonds, and is held in place by double bands of platinum and gold set with diamonds. From The Jewellery Editor