Named for the Latin "aqua" meaning water and "mare" meaning sea, aquamarine shimmers in oceanic blues and greens. While most aquamarine comes in a lighter tone, deeper shades are preferred. This March birthstone is a popular gem among high-end jewelry designers.
Aquamarine is one of the most admired gemstones from the colorful beryl family, along with emerald and morganite, made up of beryllium aluminum silicates. Natural beryl is colorless; however, its structure allows it to incorporate unrelated elements such as iron, manganese, chrome or vanadium. When iron is mixed with beryl, it turns into the soothing sea-blue treasure of aquamarine. Aquamarine was first discovered in India more than 2,000 years ago. Since ancient times, people have credited both paranormal and divine properties to it. The Greeks were the first to use aquamarine gemstone around 480 to 300 BCE. However, it only became popular after larger samples from Brazil surfaced in the market in 1910.
Today's best gems are sourced from the Espirito Santo mine in Brazil, which is also quickly running out of supply. We are proud to bring our customers aquamarine from the Espirito Santo mine for as long as this rare gem is available.