Aquamarine: Jewellery for 19th wedding anniversaries and the Latin word for sea water
Though most commonly used as a gift for those born in the month of March, Aquamarine has seen a spike in popularity due to the burgeoning coloured stone bridal trends in the last few years.
The blue of the gem ranges from almost transparent to a deep ocean azure, which allows for versatility when pairing it with other gems such as diamonds, and different fabrics.
More and more couples are choosing aquamarine to compliment the diamonds found in engagement rings, and incorporate the colour itself into wedding themes and bridal wear. Most commonly, the stone is perfect to gift to bridesmaids on the big day, with choices ranging from earrings to necklaces in beautiful blue tones.
The Sailor’s Gem
Aquamarine was once known as the sailor’s gem, presented to those sailing the seas by one of the more exotic inhabitants of the ocean, mermaids. The Greeks and Romans believed the gem would ward of story sea conditions, ensuring them safe passage across the water.
It was also rumoured among sailors of bygone eras to ward off seasickness and protect them from Satan himself while sailing the oceans of the world.
Aquamarine for divination
The crystal ball, known most famously in the UK as the ball used by the likes of Mystic Meg for fortune telling, was most commonly carved from aquamarine as an “oracle” crystal.
Ancient literature reports on many methods in which the aquamarine was used for divination. One such method was hanging a solitary stone over a bowl of water that was etched with the letters of the alphabet – thus spelling out words when the stone hit the side of the bowl. Perhaps signifying the original ouija board.
With such diverse historical meanings and the range of beautiful colours it can be found in, the aquamarine is a stone that has stood the test of time and allows for the modern day fashionista to add a flash of blue to any outfit.