The velvety Mediterranean-blue color of the aquamarine has a clarity that speaks of the depth of the sea, thus earning its name as the water of the sea gemstone. It has been carried or worn for centuries by sailors as a protective device and good luck charm.
A bit of Aquamarine History and Lore
The Greeks dedicated the aquamarine to their beloved Goddess of Love – Aphrodite. It was considered a relationship stone at the time, easing tensions and breeding loyalty for a happier, more secure marriage.
Other meanings and uses of aquamarine through the ages included promotion of forgiveness amongst friends, curing laziness, healing sore throats and to calm gaseous indigestion. Today, the aquamarine is the birthstone of March and also associated with the water sign of Pisces. Aquamarine jewelry can also be given for the nineteenth wedding anniversary.
Aquamarine Gift Suggestions
Since the aquamarine isn’t just associated with love and romance, aquamarine jewelry is a good choice for just about any occasion and not just for those born in March. In keeping with the water theme, a perfect gift for someone going on a cruise or living near the ocean might be an aquamarine necklace or bracelet with note stating its protective qualities.
As a birthstone gift, the possibilities are endless since there are many lovely pieces of jewelry to be found that are both affordable and durable. Aquamarine rings, earrings or a pendent can set off someone’s blue eyes or accent a light colored wardrobe for a refreshing feel. The stone looks best set in silver, although the deeper blue aquamarines do look striking in a gold setting.
How to Clean Aquamarine Jewelry
Caring for aquamarine isn’t difficult as it is a fairly durable stone, although it is best to avoid extreme temperature changes such as letting the piece sit in the sun. Abrupt thermal changes can cause the stone to crack.
Clean the stone occasionally with tepid water and a few drops of liquid hand soap. A soft toothbrush can be used to carefully remove grime within the crevices. Rinse with clean warm water, and dry with a soft cloth or left to air dry.