Eve J. Alfille Gallery and Studio

The Tides of March

aqua-oceanCongratulations, March birthdays! For those of you born this month, you have the double pleasures of both getting to celebrate the day of your birth, as well as the potential to receive the gift of Aquamarine! For the lucky ones who get to do both, this will spell out especially good luck for you, as everyone knows that it is auspicious to receive and to wear the very stone that the heavens have celestially assigned to you!

It may not be warm enough outside for swimming yet, but that’s not stopping you from being one of the most aquatic being out there. The aqua (“water”) marine (“ocean”) literally points to the life-giving body of the ocean. In fact, it has often been used as a treasured sailor’s gem with the power to quell any sea-squall. And it’s not hard to see why, with a color range that spans from a pleasingly pale, glacial greenish-blue, to a medium, oceanic blue color which is considered the most valuable.

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“Aquamarine Lumiere” ring. Copyright: Eve J. Alfillé. Photo credit: Matt Arden.

Below the surface, however, the aquamarine is not what it appears to be. It is actually another form of the mineral beryl, just like its green cousin, emerald. These highly sought-after blue and cyan tones of beryl are also highly prized due to their extraordinary size and clarity, as aquamarine naturally comes in desirably large portions.

Large crystals can form with as many as 100 carats to begin with…in fact, the largest-cut aquamarine in the world, the “Dom Pedro Aquamarine,” now resides at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. When it was first discovered , the Dom Pedro was approximately two feet in length, and weighed 60 pounds…and that’s only after the original stone was accidentally dropped and broken into three pieces by the prospectors who found it! In its new form, it now weighs in at 10,363 carats.

The Dom Pedro aquamarine in the vault at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
“Dom Pedro” Aquamarine

The aquamarine is also traditionally the stone assigned to the 19th wedding anniversary, and is said to enhance the happiness of marriages…making it an ideal gift for ANY anniversary, we think!

Regardless of whether it is your birthstone or not, it is hard not to make waves with an aquamarine.