A treasured gem of ancient seafarers, the March birthstone derives from the Latin word aqua, meaning water and believed to have calming effects on its wearer. Like emeralds, aquamarines are a flawless variety of the mineral beryl.
The traditional birthstone for March, aquamarine is a variety of beryl, like emerald. Its name comes from Latin words meaning “water” and “of the sea” and its characteristic blue to greenish-blue hue resembles that of the ocean. A high quality aquamarine will have clear, bright color and good transparency. It is believed to have a calming effect on its wearer.