Aquamarine rings mirror the colour of the ocean. The gemstone itself can be found all over the world; however it is the quality of the gem that makes these pieces extra special. Aquamarine is the birthstone of those born in March and is derived from the Latin word for seawater.
Aquamarine takes its name from the Latin 'aqua marina' meaning 'sea water'. This is because aquamarine rings mirror the various colours of the ocean. A gemstone derivative of beryl, aquamarines are reminiscent of tropical waters as they are always lighter shades of blue.
Aquamarine colour variations range from faint to vibrant. Both variations are highly valued and sought after. Antique aquamarine rings are more commonly pale in their tone, with vintage aquamarine rings being a combination of pale stones and highly saturated hues.
Ancient Romans believed aquamarines had protective properties relating to water and would prevent disaster while travelling at sea. Aquamarines were also used as a treatment for laziness; the belief was they provided energy. Aquamarines were also believed to be intermittently linked to the influence of the moon, and those who used gemstones and crystals to predict the future believed the phases of the moon had an impact on the accuracy of their readings.
The perfect gift for those with nautical lives can be found in aquamarine jewellery. Loved ones who live close to bodies of water or simply enjoy aquatic activities such as sailing and swimming will enjoy aquamarine gifts. While Aquamarines are not a traditional wedding anniversary gift, they have seen a surge in popularity in recent years both as an anniversary gift and an engagement ring choice. Their pale shades make them ideal for complementing wedding dresses, and suit a variety of skin tones.
Furthermore, aquamarines are the birthstone for those born in March. The fresh, watery colours of aquamarines are reminiscent of the new life that March brings, heralding the beginnings of spring. Aquamarine jewellery, especially antique and vintage, will always complete a memorable and special gift.
Aquamarines are technically a sub-type of the mineral beryl, other well-known sub-types being emerald and morganite. This puts the aquamarine at around a 7.5 or 8 on the Mohs scale, a scale which measures the toughness of gemstones. Diamonds sit comfortably as the number 10 spot, being one of the most hard-wearing gemstones. This makes aquamarines fairly tough compared to other gemstones like opals which typically sit at 5.5 or 6. Therefore aquamarines are certainly strong enough to withstand being worn regularly, but perhaps be mindful of the tasks you do if wearing daily.