March Birthstone - Aquamarine

Marh Birthstone - Aquamarine

Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater and is known as the sailor's gem. It was believed to ensure safe passage across stormy seas. In medieval times aquamarine was thought to reawaken the love of married couples, as well as render soldiers invencible.

Aquamarine is a blue or cyan variety of beryl. The deep blue version of aquamarine is called maxixe. Aquamarine is found on most continents with the highest qualities found in Brazil. Maxixe is commonly found in Madagascar. Maxixe's color fades when exposed to sunlight or heat treated, however the color returns when irradiated.

March Birthstone - Faceted Aquamarine Gemstones

The largest gemstone quality aquamarine was found in Brazil in 1910. It weighed over 204 pounds. The largest cut aquamarine is the Dom Pedro Aquamarine Obelisk. It too was mined from Brazil, but not until around the early 1980's. It weighed over 100 pounds before it was cut by gem sculptor Bernd Munsteiner. It is was donated to the Smithsonian Institution and now display in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.


March Birthstone - The Dom Pedro aquamarine obelisk by gem sculptor Bernd Munsteiner
Dom Pedro Aquamarine Obelisk


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