March's birthstone is
Aquamarine (Lat. aqua marina, "water of the sea")
is a gemstone-quality transparent variety of beryl, having a delicate blue
or turquoise color, suggestive of the tint of seawater. It is the birthstone
It is closely related to the gem emerald and is
thus, very rare. Unfortunately, most of the "AquaMarine" sold in
finished jewelry isn't actually Aqua Marine at all, but is simply died or
treated quartz or Chalcedony. All the Aquamarine jewelry Zanzibar sells is
ACTUAL aquamarine. Prices will vary depending on the quality (and
clarity) of the stone. Cloudy stones are less expensive than clear
ones. The very best Aquamarine is horribly expensive (in the thousands
of dollars per gram, similar in price to the finest emeralds).
Culture and historical/mythical usage: *
Aquamarine (along with bloodstone) is the birthstone associated with March.
It is also the gemstone for the 19th Anniversary.
Aquamarine is a stone of courage. It accelerates
the intellectual reasoning process and makes one unconquerable thru learning
- not only of knowledge passed thru teachers of the past and present, but of
Aquamarine blue is a divine and eternal color, since it is, after all, the
color of the skies. Aquamarine is also the color of water, with its
life-giving properties. This stone is attuned to the ocean and helps us to
get in touch with the nature spirits of the sea. Take some time, close your
eyes, breath deep and remember sitting on the beach at dusk, the water
coming in, the cool breeze. This is Aquamarines gift to you.
According to legend it has its origin in the treasure chest of the mermaids,
and has for ages been reputed to be a lucky stone for sailors. Very good
stone to take on vacations and cruises.
* Promotes safe travel on water.
* Combats depression
* Communication: This stone is excellent to help enhance your communication
skills. Couples who are having trouble communicating will find this stone
useful for working out differences in a friendly manner. It stimulates,
activates, and cleanses the throat Chakra.
* Balance: Aids in becoming more attuned to spiritual levels of awareness
and yet remain centered.
* Service: Encourages the ideal of humanitarian
service to the world and to the development of humanity. Light-heartedness,
Focus on Success: Aquamarine gives you strength you need to take
responsibility for yourself. Will keep you on track, assisting you in
maintaining a persistent path towards your goals, helping to guarantee your
Throat, spleen, heart, immune system, thymus, lymph nodes. Especially:
mouth, ears, breathing allergies, journeys, sea goddess, seeing through
* People in the Middle Ages thought that
aquamarine could magically overcome the effects of poison.
* Ancient sailors traveled with aquamarine crystals, believing that it would
ensure a safe voyage, and guarantee a safe return; they often slept with the
stones under their pillow to ensure sound sleep. They believed the siren’s
(mermaid) fish-like lower body was made of aquamarine.
Zanzibar sells a wide selection of AquaMarine jewelry, including
Aqua Marine Earrings, Pendants, AquaMarine
Necklaces and Bracelets, starting around $32 and going into the thousands
of dollars. Most earrings range in price from $32 to $150, with
several price points in between.
Please note: we try and buy only good quality Aquamarine and
sometimes are selection is limited because of the rareness of this stone.
Aquamarine is a beryl with a hexagonal crystal
structure and a chemical formula of Be3Al2(SiO3)6, a beryllium aluminium
silicate mineral. It has a specific gravity of 2.68 to 2.74 and a Mohs
hardness of from 7.5 to 8. Aquamarine typically is on the low end of the
specific gravity range, normally at less than 2.7. The pink variety exhibits
a high specific gravity of around 2.8. Refractive indices range around 1.57
Aqua Marine occurs at most localities which yield ordinary beryl, some of
the finest coming from Russia. The gem-gravel placer deposits of Sri Lanka
contain aquamarine. Clear yellow beryl, such as occurs in Brazil, is
sometimes called aquamarine chrysolite. When corundum presents the bluish
tint of typical aquamarine, it is often termed Oriental aquamarine.
In the United States, aquamarines can be found at the summit of Mt. Antero
in the Sawatch Range in central Colorado. In Wyoming, aquamarine has been
discovered in the Big Horn mountains, near Powder River Pass. In Brazil,
there are mines in the states of Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and Bahia.
Colombia, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya also produce
The biggest aquamarine ever mined was found at the city of Marambaia, Minas
Gerais, Brazil, in 1910. It weighed over 110 kg, and its dimensions were
48.5 cm long and 42 cm in diameter.
The mineral beryl is a beryllium aluminium cyclosilicate with the chemical
formula Be3Al2(SiO3)6. The hexagonal crystals of beryl may be very small or
range to several meters in size. Terminated crystals are relatively rare.
Beryl exhibits conchoidal fracture, has a hardness of 7.5–8, and a specific
gravity of 2.63–2.80. It has a vitreous luster and can be transparent or
translucent. Its cleavage is poor basal and its habit is dihexagonal
bipyramidal. Pure beryl is colorless, but it is frequently tinted by
impurities; possible colors are green, blue, yellow, red, and white. The
name comes from the Greek beryllos which referred to a precious blue-green
color-of-sea-water stone. The term was later adopted for the mineral
beryl more exclusively.
Aqua Marine Crystal
Aqua Marine Crystal
Visit our gallery to see
our selection of earrings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces set in
sterling silver with varying qualities of AquaMarine stones.