March Birthstone Spotlight: Aquamarine

Mar 23, 2012

Dom Pedro Aquamarine

Our birthstone spotlight comes to you a little late this month due to all the excitement of Baselworld. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t love this month’s birthstone, aquamarine. This gemstone is a beautifully soft blue-green color that always looks striking when paired with white metals, and it goes with any eye and hair color combination. It’s traces of iron in the crystal structure that give aquamarine its color. Like with most gemstones the darker and more intense the color, the more valuable. Part of the beryl family, the aquamarine is also closely related to emeralds.

There are a couple of famous aquamarine gemstones in history. One of the largest pieces of aquamarine was found in Marambaya, Brazil back in 1910. This gemstone, known as the “Minas Gerais” weighted 243 lbs and was cut into gems with a total weight of over 100,000 carats. Another famous aquamarine is the “Dom Pedro” weighing 57 lbs and was cut by Bernd Munsteiner in 1992.

It comes as no surprise that aquamarine is associated with all things pertaining to sea. It has the reputation of being the jewel found in mermaids’ treasure chests and was a protective talisman for sailors at sea. It is also linked with the planet Neptune, the ocean planet.

One of our favorite pieces of aquamarine jewelry is this beautiful pair of pear-cut aquamarine and pave diamond dangle earrings. The aquamarine gemstones really stand out nestled amongst the paye diamonds.

Here are a few folks who have their birthdays in March:

March 1st – Javier Bardem
March 2nd – Dr. Seuss
March 5th – Eva Mendes
March 10th – Carrie Underwood
March 10th – Jon Hamm
March 12th – Jack Kerouac
March 14th – Albert Einstein
March 15th – Andrew Jackson
March 22nd – Reese Witherspoon
March 24th – Payton Manning
March 26th – Diana Ross
March 31st – Christopher Walken

Established in 1912, the King family has owned and operated King Jewelers for five generations while building an outstanding reputation steeped in quality, value, and first-class service. Today, King Jewelers has brick-and-mortar stores located in Aventura, FL and Nashville, TN, both of which have won numerous regional and national awards of distinction. Offering a magnificent selection of fine jewelry collections including the hottest Italian designs, estate jewelry, colored gemstones and fancy-colored diamonds, as well as luxury European timepieces, King Jewelers prides itself in being one step ahead of the trend. In addition, King Jewelers offers on-site jewelry and watch repairs, custom design services, appraisals, estate buying, and corporate gift programs. For more information, visit www.kings1912.com.

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