The Gem of the Sea – Aquamarine

The March birthstone, aquamarine, symbolizes the purity of spirit and soul and helps to protect one’s well-being. The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin for water of the sea and it color ranges from light blue to dark blue and even blue-green. Ancient Roman fishermen used it as protection and safe travel by boat and luck in catching fish.

The largest single piece of cut and polished aquamarine resides at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. The stone, named the Dom Pedro after Brazil’s first two emperors, is shaped into an obelisk and stands 14 inches tall, 4 inches across the base and weighs 10,363 carats (which is 4.6 pounds!). It was created with a pattern of tapering negative cuts which reflect the light within the gem. With proper lighting, the obelisk appears to be illuminated from within.

Aquamarine is also the gift for the 19th wedding anniversary. Stop by Bridgewaters to find the perfect gift or a dazzling addition to your own gem collection.