March Birthstone Feature: Aquamarine
Aquamarine, how I love you!
A few fun facts and a bit of folklore about March’s birthstone: aquamarine.
- Color: pale blue to deep green; clear to semi-opaque
- Care: store in a dark place and clean with a soft brush and warm, soapy water
- Meanings/Properties: means “sea water,” believed to bring eternal youth and good luck to the wearer
- Uses: encourages happiness, frees the wearer from laziness, and protects one from foes in battle
I was given the choice of my dear grandmother’s rings after her death. The one I chose was her “pinky ring.” It was a large oval aquamarine surrounded by small diamonds set in white gold. I had admired it for years.
After having it for a few years, I realized I had very few occasions on which to wear a ring of this scale, especially on my pinky! After a trip to the local jeweler my ring was altered to become a stunning pendant. I’ve got to tell you, I feel almost as pretty as Princess Diana when I wear it!
I visited my new and updated Bead Gallery section of the local Michaels Store to gather some materials for this project. Being such an expensive gemstone, true aquamarine isn’t in the Bead Gallery line. But there were so many beautiful options to choose from that share its beautiful aqua color.
Often, as was the case with my grandmother’s ring, white gold or silver is paired with the cool blue stone. I found a few options in Michaels that paired it with gold, and I fell in love with that warm/cool contrast.
My first choice from the bead wall was these pretty little faceted glass rondelles:
From there, I found a great focal connector in the Signature section that features a slice of druzy agate dyed a pretty aquamarine color. I even used the turquoise tassel from the end of the aquamarine colored bead strand as an accent. I pulled a moodier and darker aquamarine blue strand of Czech glass cathedral cut beads for the second strand. These beads have a silvery edge that I like with the gold accents. The third strand for the project is a slightly larger aquamarine rondelle that I accented with larger gold spacers. Click the photo below for printable pdf instructions to make your own Aquamarine Me bracelet. The gold stretch bracelet with rhinestones is the perfect layering bracelet that you’ll wear over and over. I added it here because more is MORE! :)
March’s alternative birthstone is bloodstone. This is a great stone for masculine projects or for projects you want to give an earthy look.
- Color: deep opaque green with red or brown inclusions
- Care: polished surfaces should be protected from scratching
- Meanings/Properties: red flecks are often associated with Christ’s wounds
- Uses: enhances courage and charity, believed to attract good fortune, intense healing, renewal and strength