Aquamarine, the birthstone of March, is particularly aptly named. Its color, which evokes crystal clear blue waters, was the inspiration for its evocative name. It is also associated with a peaceful navigation to the one who carries it, at sea as in life. This auspicious stone is a popular engagement ring choice, and we’ll see in this article why it’s not limited to its reputation.
ORIGINS OF THE NAME AQUAMARINE
Aquamarine takes its name from the Latin aqua and marina which mean water and sea respectively. According to legend, it is able to calm the waves and keep sailors safe. This is why they wore aquamarines engraved with the name of Poseidon to improve their protective power.
HISTORY OF AQUAMARINE
Aquamarine is a stone known and prized since ancient times. Appreciated by the Egyptians and Romans, it was long considered a talisman. Senior leaders saw themselves with this stone in their lives and beyond. Indeed, aquamarines have been found in sarcophagi, as well as among the treasures of great kings and emperors such as the treasure of Saint-Denis.
A protective talisman for sailors, they were often found on board of merchant ships or warships.
MAIN DEPOSITS OF AQUAMARINE
Aquamarine deposits are spread all over the world: from the United States to the African continent or to India or Pakistan.
The most prolific and well-known mines, however, are undoubtedly the mines of Brazil. It is more specifically in Santa Maria that we find the most beautiful aquamarines, with the most intense shades of blue.
COMPOSITION OF AQUAMARINE
Aquamarine is a variety of beryl, making it a cousin of emerald. It is dichroic, which means that it changes color depending on the angle from which it is viewed. It can thus appear rather blue or transparent. Aquamarines are naturally very pure stones and often devoid of inclusion.
Rated between 7.5 and 8/10 on the Mohs scale of hardness of stones, aquamarine is one of the most resistant fine stones on the planet. This makes it a perfectly suited stone for jewelry worn on a daily basis, especially as an engagement ring.
SYMBOLISM OF AQUAMARINES
Aquamarine is synonymous with sincerity and fidelity. It can be offered to newlyweds to protect their union. Associated with the 23rd year of marriage, aquamarine can also be offered on this occasion.
As a communication aid, it accompanies lovers throughout their lives together. So many reasons that make aquamarine a favorite gem to adorn engagement rings.