Published 09/23/2020 by Rebecca Nichols

You may know aquamarine as the refreshing light blue gem associated with tranquility and harmony, but there is way more to this gem than just washing away your worries or setting the mood for a relaxing spa day. Here are eight interesting facts to make you appreciate March’s birthstone even more:

1. Aquamarine’s name literally means “water of the sea”

Not only does aquamarine remind us of the sparkling ocean on a sunny day, but that’s what its name means too. Aquamarine comes from the Latin words “aqua marina” which translate to “water of the sea.”

2. History’s first eyeglass was an aquamarine.

Aquamarine is known for being see-through, but did you know aquamarine is so crystal clear it was used to correct shortsightedness before modern glasses were developed? Legend says Emperor Nero used an aquamarine as the world’s first eyeglass.

3. Aquamarine’s color can be permanently changed.

High heat can cause aquamarine to permanently change colors from sea foam green to light blue. Sky blue aquamarine is very popular, so most commercial aquamarine is heat treated to meet consumer demand for this beautiful blue gem.

4. Legends say aquamarine brings smooth sailing.

Being the colors of the sea, aquamarine has been associated with many water deities and creatures throughout history. Some legends say mermaids would provide smooth sailing and good luck to sailors who carried aquamarine charms.

5. Aquamarine is Colorado’s state gem.

While Brazil is the number one producer of aquamarine, deposits can be found around the world including in the United States. Aquamarine has been mined in Colorado since the late 1800’s and has been the state gemstone since 1971.

6. The world’s largest cut aquamarine weighs over 10,000 carats.

Known as the Dom Pedro, the world’s largest cut aquamarine measures 14 inches high and weighs 10,363 carats(4.6 pounds). You can see this massive gem for yourself at the National Museum of Natural History.

7. Aquamarine and Emerald are siblings.

Aquamarine and emerald are both members of the beryl family which also includes red beryl, pink morganite, yellow heliodor, colorless goshenite and pink-red pezzottaite. All these colors are made by different deposits of metals within the same mineral.

8. March has two birthstones for twice the fun.

Lucky March babies have both aquamarine and bloodstone as official birthstones for even more accessorizing fun. Bloodstone gets its name from the shocking red splotches found throughout the green jasper. If you are into fitness, this gemstone, representing strength and good health, is for you.

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