Those born in the month of March should consider themselves lucky: They have one magnificent gemstone to call their own. Ranging from the palest, most delicate shade of sea blue to one so vivid it can be confused for blue topaz, it’s hard to find a gemstone, metal type, or clothing ensemble, for that matter, that won’t pair well with aquamarine.
Working in retail, it was not uncommon to see customers opting to pass on a diamond or sapphire engagement ring for an aquamarine one. The finished designs were just as stunning, from antique settings to contemporary ones.
This is a strong stone, sometimes called the poor man’s diamond in reference to its hardness (about a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale). Despite its silly nickname, if it’s good enough for royalty, it’s spectacular for me.
Aquamarine is a chameleon: Faceted or rough, it is luxurious in platinum with diamonds or sapphires and laid-back in a no-fuss, sterling silver setting. When it is in a high-end design, can it take your breath away or what?
Legend holds that sailors often wore aquamarine to prevent seasickness—take note for those customers planning a cruise! Its powers are said to keep the wearer healthy and free of diseases. True or not, it certainly can’t hurt to take a few precautions when boarding a ship full of people, right?
Whatever reason your clients are shopping for aquamarine—a March birthday, a 19th wedding anniversary, or just their love of blue—keep a steady stock of this sensational gem. New designs continue to amaze and bring out its beauty, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.