Aquamarine: The Calming Blue Gem of March

A Color Like No Other:

Aquamarine literally translates to “sea water”, from the Latin “aqua” (water) and “marinus” (sea), 

and it is no wonder why the stone is so named. The range in colors of Aquamarine will either 

remind you of the beaches of Fiji or the pale blues of an Alaskan glacier. This beautiful stone is a 

member of the Beryl family, whose other notable members are Emerald and Golden Beryl. The 

beautiful blue colors actually come from iron impurities in an otherwise clear beryl crystal.

A Brief History:

Aquamarine has been sought after since Ancient Rome for its believed ability to grant the wearer 

happiness, foresight, and courage. Other common beliefs are that this radiant stone will make the 

wearer more intelligent or make one youthful once again. Sailors often carried aquamarine around 

to ensure their safety and prevent seasickness. Believed to have originated in the treasure chests 

of mermaids, this gemstone has been designated the official gemstone of the planet Neptune 

(named after the Roman God of the Seas). The largest “gemstone-worthy” Aquamarine on record 

weighed in at a whopping 243 lbs (over 100,000 carats).

The Wearer:

Nowadays, Aquamarine is sought after by women and healers alike. Women love this range in 

colors of this stone because it will complement most skin tones or eye colors. Healers seek out 

this amazing stone for its ability to help with arthritis, eye inflammation, varicose veins, and even a 

sore throat.

How to Care for Aquamarine Jewelry:

Not only is this beautiful stone a favorite amongst women and affordable, but it is a tough stone to 

boot. On the Moh’s scale for hardness, the Aquamarine comes in at an impressive 7.5-8 which 

puts it in the same range as Topaz. Unlike some other gemstones, Aquamarine will not lose its 

color when exposed to light for extended periods of time. However, the colors will change over 

time due to heat exposure. Hydrofluoric Acid will damage the stone rather easily so if your special 

someone is in a field that uses it on a regular basis (glass etching, electronics manufacturing, 

etc.), you may want to consider getting them something to store the piece in while they’re at work.

As with most jewelry, the safest way to clean Aquamarine pieces at home is with warm soapy 

water and a soft brush and either air dry the piece or wipe it with a soft cloth. We here at Bishops 

recommend that you do it about once a week or so to keep the piece looking its best. Whenever 

you take off the piece for the day, give it a quick wipe down with a soft cloth. While you clean your 

jewelry, it is always in your best interest to inspect the piece for any damage (missing stones, 

loose settings, scratches, etc.). Make sure to note any damage and monitor it until you can bring it 

into our shop. In addition to home cleaning, we recommend you bring the jewelry by our store for 

a professional cleaning every couple months or so. While here, you can talk to us about any 

damages you’ve noticed.

Bishops Jewelry

1440 University Ave S,

Fairbanks, AK 99709


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