Birthstone for March: Aquamarine

Aquamarine, a gemstone as captivating as the sea, is a symbol of tranquility and eternal youth. At J.H. Young Jewellers  we understand the importance of preserving the beauty and integrity of your aquamarine jewellery. Here's an in-depth guide to help you care for your cherished aquamarine pieces.

Understanding Aquamarine

Formation and Characteristics

Aquamarine is a variety of beryl, formed deep within the Earth's crust under high temperature and pressure conditions. It gets its stunning blue color from trace amounts of iron. This precious gemstone is primarily mined in Brazil, with additional deposits occurring in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique. There are also Canadian deposits found in British Columbia, Ontario, Yukon Territory and Nova Scotia. 

Historical Significance

Aquamarine has been treasured throughout history for its soothing blue hues. It was believed to protect sailors and guarantee a safe voyage.

The Science Behind Caring for Aquamarine 

Crystal Structure

Aquamarine is part of the beryl family, characterized by its hexagonal crystal system. This structure contributes to the gemstone's durability and clarity. The well-defined crystal shape allows for precise cutting and faceting, enhancing the stone's ability to reflect light and showcase its natural beauty.

Color Variations

  • The color of aquamarine ranges from pale blue to ocean blue, with the most valuable stones displaying a vibrant, intense hue. The presence of iron within the beryl crystal is responsible for aquamarine's blue color. 
  • The amount and type of iron determine the shade of blue, with higher concentrations resulting in deeper colors. When caring for aquamarine, it's important to remember that prolonged exposure to heat or sunlight can affect its color, so it's best to store the gemstone away from direct light and heat sources.

Cleaning Aquamarine Jewellery

Regular Cleaning

  • Soft Cloth: After each wear, gently wipe your aquamarine jewellery with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oils and dust.
  • Mild Soap Solution: For a deeper clean, mix lukewarm water with mild soap. Use a soft brush to gently clean the stone and setting.
  • Rinse and Dry: Rinse your jewellery under lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft cloth. Avoid using hot water or exposing the stone to sudden temperature changes.

Professional Cleaning

Consider having your aquamarine jewellery professionally cleaned once a year to maintain its sparkle and ensure the setting remains secure. At J.H. Young Jewellers we encourage our customers to visit us every 6 months to get your jewellery professionally cleaned and inspected by one of our trained gemologists, free of charge. 

Avoiding Damage

Protective Measures

  • Chemical Exposure: Keep your aquamarine away from harsh chemicals found in cleaning agents, cosmetics, and swimming pools.
  • Physical Impact: Remove your aquamarine jewellery during activities that might expose it to scratches or impacts, such as sports or gardening. Aquamarine scores 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, making it relatively durable. However, it's still important to wear it with care and avoid situations where it might get scratched or chipped.

Storage Solutions

Store your aquamarine pieces separately in a soft pouch or a lined jewellery box to prevent scratches from other jewellery.

Regular Check-Ups


Have your aquamarine jewellery inspected regularly by a professional jeweler to check for loose settings, worn prongs, or any signs of damage.

Repair and Maintenance

Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage. Professional jewelers can repair settings, re-tip claws, re-polish stones, and ensure your aquamarine jewellery remains secure.

The Beauty of Aquamarine

Timeless Elegance

Aquamarine's serene blue color makes it a versatile choice for both casual and formal occasions. It pairs beautifully with silver, white gold, and platinum settings.

Symbolic Gifts

As the birthstone for March, aquamarine makes a thoughtful and meaningful gift for those born in this month. It's also a popular choice for 19th wedding anniversaries.

Check out our selection of Aquamarine jewellery here.


Caring for your aquamarine jewellery requires a gentle touch and mindful practices. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your aquamarine pieces remain vibrant and beautiful for generations to come. At J.H. Young Jewellers, we're dedicated to helping you preserve the beauty of your gemstones. Visit us for professional cleaning and maintenance services, and explore our exquisite collection of aquamarine jewellery to find your next treasured piece.