It’s no secret, aquamarine is gorgeous - just ask Meghan Markle who wore Princess Diana’s famous aquamarine cocktail ring recently. With its almost-magical blue colours, it’s no wonder its graced the hands of royalty. While you may not be a duchess or princess, you can certainly feel and look like one!
Introducing aquamarine - March’s birthstone. Aquamarine has been around for hundreds of years, but has only recently made a comeback in the fashion world - though it’s been one of our favourite gemstones for a while now. With its colour, history and meaning, you can’t overlook an aquamarine ring or necklace as the next addition to your jewellery collection.
Read on to learn more about this stunning gemstone and why you should embrace blue this March.
The meaning and history
With its beautiful hues of blue, it comes as no surprise that aquamarine is known as the gemstone of the sea. Coming from the Latin words ’aqua’ and ‘mare’, aquamarine means water and sea.
Like all gemstones, aquamarine has a long history filled with lore and special meanings. Among other things, aquamarine is believed to reduce stress, sharpen intuition, and cool and soothe the mind.
We already said how Meghan Markle and Princess Diana loved their aquamarine jewellery, but we couldn’t leave out the Queen! Queen Elizabeth fell in love with the gemstone when she was gifted an aquamarine necklace and a pair of earrings by the Brazilian president in 1953. By 1957, the fabulous Queen had a tiara commissioned to match.
Did we forget to mention that aquamarine is adored by celebrities? Back in 2012, Justin Timberlake proposed to Jessica Biel with an absolutely breathtaking ring. Custom designed, this ring was personalised for Jessica and even featured her birthstone - aquamarine!
Colours and characteristics
Living up to its name, Aquamarine can be found all over the world from the palest blue (almost see through) to a deep, sea blue. The darker the blue, the more glamorous and valuable it is.
Aquamarine is a part of the mineral Beryl family, alongside the precious emerald, morganite and many other colourful gemstones. The beauty of aquamarine, in particular, is that it usually has far fewer inclusions and fractures than its sister gemstones. Aquamarine is also very durable!
Caring for your aquamarine jewellery
Caring for your aquamarine jewellery is easy! To give your aquamarine ring or pair of earrings a little extra TLC and to bring out that special sparkle, just simply wash your jewellery in warm, soapy water. After drying, all you need to do is buff the metal the aquamarine is set in with a soft cloth, and your jewellery will be as good as new!
Although aquamarine is very durable, you do still need to take care of it. Try to avoid harsh chemicals when you’re wearing aquamarine because it can eventually damage the stone. Another easy tip is to keep aquamarine jewellery separate in your jewellery box - when stored together, gemstone jewellery can sometimes scratch each other.
How to style aquamarine jewellery
Loved by celebrities and royalty, aquamarine is definitely a must-have for this season. If you’re shopping for a March birthday girl, you won’t be at a loss for choices when it comes to aquamarine jewellery. Aquamarine jewellery makes a perfect gift for many reasons, but it’s the uniqueness and gorgeous blue that draws everyone in. Although aquamarine looks especially stunning when it’s set in white gold or silver, you can also find it in yellow gold.
Adding a pop of colour
Aquamarine jewellery is the perfect way to add a small pop of colour into your everyday wardrobe. For a chic and yet casual look, simply pair an aquamarine pendant white your favourite white tee and pair of jeans. For a more sophisticated look, add another layer with a black blazer!
Just because you’re not getting to strut your stuff down the red carpet or shake the hands of royalty, it doesn’t mean you can’t wear aquamarine at special events! Whether you’re getting ready for a night out on the town or for a bigger event, aquamarine jewellery can instantly enhance your look.
Whites and neutral colours, in particular, are always lovely when paired with aquamarine. Not only do these neutral hues make your aquamarine stand out, but it also gives it that little extra sparkle! Pair your glamorous dress with a pair of aquamarine statement earrings, or draw the attention to your hand with a stunning aquamarine diamond ring. Either way, you’ll definitely turn heads!
Mix it up
Since aquamarine is so versatile, you can mix and match it with both silver and gold jewellery! Accessorising yourself is all about having fun and showing off your personal style, so don’t be afraid to mix it up!
One gorgeous idea, is to layer and stack your aquamarine rings with more understated rings. This gives you that effortless and coordinated look, but with a hint of uniqueness and dimension.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, then adding in more gemstones is your go-to. If you’re unsure about where to start, a good rule of thumb is to stick to soft and subtle colours, and then work up from there. For example, a rose gold morganite ring and/or morganite earrings would pair beautifully with a pale blue aquamarine necklace - the pastel colours complement each other while giving you a feminine look overall. Keep it simple to start with and then when you’re confident, you can add in some bolder coloured gemstones (like ruby or emerald).
Although aquamarine is special to all of those born in March, it can be worn by anyone, anywhere and at anytime. Incorporate some aquamarine jewellery into your look this March and have fun experimenting! To add some sparkle into your outfit in a refreshing new way, just pop into one of our stores or browse our range of aquamarine jewellery online. Don't forget to check out our latest blogs too! Read about Mother's Day gift ideas, the autumn/winter trend report, April's birthstone and Pantone's colour of the year.