Aquamarine is the official birthstone for March and favoured for its beautiful blue shades likened to the colour of the ocean. Discover the top 10 interesting facts about aquamarine in our monthly birthstone blog to learn all about this underrated but beautiful gemstone.
Top 10 Facts About Aquamarine
1. Aquamarine is named after the Latin for 'seawater'. This gemstone has a deep connection to the sea, due its beautiful natural blue colour and association with sea-faring myths and legends.
2. A key source for aquamarine today is the Karakorum Mountains in Pakistan. However, aquamarine is also mined in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Russia and a host of other African countries including Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, and Tanzania.
3. Aquamarine is the gemstone for the 19th wedding anniversary - a beautiful gift to bestow with a belief that aquamarine aids a happy marriage.
4. On her wedding day, Meghan Markle famously wore an aquamarine ring previously owned by Princess Diana as her 'something blue'.
5. Aquamarine is made up of the mineral beryl, along with the more valuable emerald.
6. Aquamarine gets its beautiful natural blue colour from iron impurities.
7. The Romans and ancient Greeks believed aquamarine had the power to keep sailors safe at sea.
8. At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival's annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS auction Justin Bieber outbid Leonardo di Caprio for a one-of-a-kind Bulgari serpent necklace featuring a single aquamarine stone at its centre. He allegedly paid $545,000 and gifted the necklace to his mother.
9. Tiffany & Co designed a 1920s inspired necklace with aquamarine and diamond for the 2013 remake of the Great Gatsby film.
10. According to Professional Jeweller, eBay sold over 100, 000 aquamarine rings after Meghan Markle was spotted wearing one at her wedding reception.
So there you have our top 10 facts about aquamarine. Which did you find most interesting? Next month, we're taking a closer look at diamonds - the official birthstone for April.