Diving into Aquamarine: March's Mesmerising Birthstone You Cant wait to custom design

Today we know this translucent, blue-tinted stone as aquamarine, but this wasn't always the semi-precious stone's name. Hundreds of years ago, it was referred to as sea-green beryl. The first evidence of it being called aquamarine was back in the early 1600s.

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March babies, rejoice! Your birthstone, the enchanting aquamarine, is a gem as captivating as the ocean's depths. With its serene blue hues reminiscent of crystalline waters, aquamarine has long been cherished for its beauty, symbolism, and mystical properties. Join us as we dive into the fascinating world of aquamarine, exploring its origins, meanings, and why it holds a special place in the hearts of many, and find out who has, and how you can incorporate it into a custom design that will captivate the hearts of generations to come.

Origins and History of Aquamarine

Aquamarine derives its name from the Latin words "aqua" (water) and "marina" (of the sea), paying homage to its captivating blue-green hues reminiscent of the ocean's depths. Belonging to the beryl family of gemstones, aquamarine shares its lineage with emeralds, morganite, and heliodor. 

Mined primarily in Brazil, Madagascar, and Nigeria, aquamarine's allure has captivated civilizations throughout history. 

Throughout ancient legends, aquamarine was revered as a talisman of protection for sailors and travellers, believed to ensure safe passage across treacherous seas. In addition to its protective properties, aquamarine was associated with various mystical and healing attributes. In medieval times, it was believed to enhance intuition and promote spiritual enlightenment, earning it a place among the cherished gemstones of royalty and nobility.

Read on to find out which famous royal custom designed multiple pieces from this amazing gemstone.

Fast forward to today, aquamarine's popularity extends beyond its historical significance, with enthusiasts seeking custom-designed jewellery pieces that showcase its natural beauty and unique characteristics. Whether incorporated into custom-designed rings, necklaces, or earrings, aquamarine continues to enchant and inspire, offering a timeless connection to the depths of the sea and the mysteries of the universe.

Symbolism and Meaning

  1. Emotional Healing: Aquamarine is thought to have a significant impact on emotional well-being, promoting inner peace, tranquillity, and emotional balance. It's often used in meditation practices to calm the mind, soothe anxiety, and alleviate stress. By encouraging clarity of thought and emotional expression, aquamarine helps individuals navigate through challenging emotions with grace and serenity.

  2. Spiritual Connection: Are you in need of some connection? It is believed that aquamarine enhances spiritual awareness and facilitates a deeper connection with one's inner self and the spiritual realm. Its calming energy is said to open channels of communication with higher consciousness, allowing individuals to access insights, wisdom, and guidance from their higher selves or spiritual guides.

  3. Intuition and Psychic Abilities: Enhancing intuition and psychic abilities make aquamarine a popular choice for those seeking to develop their intuitive gifts or psychic powers. It's believed to sharpen intuition, heighten perception, and awaken dormant psychic faculties, enabling individuals to trust their inner guidance and navigate life's journey with clarity and confidence.

  4. Protection and Purification: Need protection? In addition to its calming properties, aquamarine is considered a protective talisman, shielding its wearer from negative energies and psychic attacks. It's believed to create a protective shield around the aura, deflecting harmful influences and promoting a sense of safety and security. Aquamarine is also thought to purify the energy field, cleansing stagnant or negative energies and promoting a sense of renewal and vitality.

  5. Physical Healing: Physical healing properties are also associated with this precious gem, supporting overall health and well-being. It's often associated with soothing throat-related ailments, such as sore throats or respiratory issues, and reducing inflammation in the body. Some also attribute aquamarine with promoting detoxification and purification, supporting the body's natural healing processes and boosting vitality and resilience.

"Aquamarine is a wonderful colour, and I won't be made to feel bad for wearing it!" Maggie Stiefvater

Jewellery and Fashion applications

From delicate earrings to statement necklaces, aquamarine's versatility makes it a favourite among jewellery designers and lovers alike. It does not take a lot to make this precious gemstone into a brilliant custom design. 

Its soft, tranquil colour complements a variety of skin tones and outfits, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to any ensemble. Did you know that it can also be heat treated to enhance its colour, meaning that it can come in all hues from sea foam blues to striking vibrant blues? 

Aquamarine is often featured in both modern and vintage-inspired designs, from classic solitaire rings to intricate Art Deco motifs. Whether set in yellow gold, white gold, or platinum, its serene beauty shines bright, making it the perfect accessory for any occasion.

Ligh blue aquamarine custom design ring with diamonds set on a white gold setting
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Emerald Cut aquamarine custom design ring set on yellow gold
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Queen Elizabeth's Aquamarine Tiara

British Queen Elizabeth's aquamarine tiara features several Brazilian aquamarines. In 1957, she commissioned the custom design tiara from Garrad to match her aquamarine necklace and earrings. The woman clearly had good taste! She had the platinum piece set with aquamarines and diamonds generously gifted to her by then Brazilian President Getúlio Vargas as a coronation gift in 1953. The Queen has worn her aquamarine set on many occasions, making it almost as famous as the monarch herself.

In 1971, thanks to generous gifts of aquamarines by the Governor of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the tiara received new stones for an upgrade. Upgrades are always welcome, right? A larger aquamarine replaced the tiara's centre stone, making this piece one breathtaking piece of custom jewellery. 

As we conclude so that we can celebrate the month of March and all those born under its mystical influence, let us honour the beauty and significance of aquamarine. If it's good enough for Queeny, it certainly is good enough for us right?

From its origins steeped in ancient times to its modern-day allure, this mesmerising gemstone continues to captivate hearts and minds around the world. Whether worn as a symbol of birthstone pride or cherished for its mystical properties, aquamarine reminds us to embrace the serenity and tranquillity of the sea and to navigate life's currents with courage, clarity, and grace.

Happy March Leskes lovers. Come and visit our Aquamarine beauties in-store. We can't wait to show you how amazing they are in real life, and on you!