Updated: Mar 30
Mermaids and sea! These two are the first things to come into my mind when I hear Aquamarine. A birthstone for people who were born in March. A stone whose colors are playing, a dash of blue, and a splash of green! What a dazzling and calming combination!
I don't think I am the only one curious about this beautiful gemstone, right?
But before anything else, did you know that the word "Aquamarine" derives from a combination of two Latin words, "aqua" and "marina', which means 'water" and "of the sea ." It is evident why the stone has its name, given its appearance. Aquamarine birthstones can range from a very light hue to a much deeper and vibrant shade of blue and green. The color of the stone may vary depending on the iron content and the heat of the environment.
Since Aquamarine is frequently associated with the waters, the stone's spiritual meaning is cleansing. Aquamarine evokes the purity of crystal blue waters and the relaxation and feeling of calm that the sea breeze brings. Spiritually, Aquamarine is associated with putting faith and surrendering to something more powerful than us. Aquamarine is also used for healing and medicinal purposes. The gemstone is said to help you sift through energy, create emotional healing and mental clarity. That is one good remedy to soothe our hectic minds and motivate our dispirited selves.
In ancient mythology, Aquamarine was believed to be mystical and considered to be the treasure of the mermaids and other sea creatures. In early times, sailors would use the stone as a talisman to bring good luck and bounty on the open waters. The gemstone was used as a symbol of protection and fearlessness too.
Did you know that not only can you use Aquamarine as a spiritual stone but also as a mesmerizing gem for pieces of jewelry? The March's birthstone was thought to enhance happiness in marriages. How cool is that! The famous singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake used Aquamarine for the engagement ring for his wife, Jessica Biel. Yes! Timberlake incorporated aquamarines in the ring's design to observe Biel's birthstone.
The said engagement ring is a 6-carat diamond bound by aquamarine stones and set in blackened platinum that Timberlake codesigned. It was ranked the #10 Best Celebrity Engagement Ring by a famous magazine. The couple was engaged in December of 2011 and married in October 2012. When spotted in public, it is difficult to tell which flashes more brilliantly, the ring itself or the cameras of the paparazzi?
Actress Jessica Biel wears the 6-carat diamond flanked by aquamarine stones set in blackened platinum at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards held at Gibson Amphitheater on June 3, 2012. (Photo by: Christopher Polk & Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
I guess not only celebrities are in love with the stone. Queen Elizabeth II's passion for Aquamarine is undeniable! One magnificent piece in her collection is the "The Brazilian Aquamarine Parure Tiara," One of the Queen's largest tiaras and is speculated to be one of her favorites. Queen Elizabeth's love of aquamarines began with a necklace and a pair of earrings given to her in 1953 by the Brazilian president as a coronation gift.
Queen Elizabeth II at a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace during the State Visit of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil. (Photo by: Pool Photograph/Corbis via Getty Images)
Here are some other royals and celebrities who are renowned for their dazzling aquamarines:
(Photos by Getty Images)
So you see, Aquamarine is way more than a mesmerizing blue stone. With its exciting background and meaning, Aquamarine is a calm, brilliant, and spectacular birthstone to have in your treasure trove. Also, it can be a perfect choice for your jewelry collection.
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