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A Jewelry Lover’s Guide to Aquamarine

by Katie Hawley

Mar 1, 2019

March’s mesmerizing birthstone has us dreaming about cloudless skies, calm blue seas, and endless jewelry options.

Cluster of six aquamarine pendant necklaces from Robin Woodard
Photo by: Robin Woodard

When newly minted royalty Meghan Markle stepped out of Windsor Castle on her wedding day last May, all eyes shot straight to the stunning aquamarine cocktail ring adorning her right hand. Set in yellow gold and accented with solitaire diamonds, the show-stopping piece (which originally belonged to Princess Diana) instantly thrust March’s light-blue birthstone into the spotlight for jewelry lovers the world over. Meghan’s “something blue” may have given aquamarine a major publicity boost, but this precious gem, whose name is derived from the Latin words for sea and water, has long been a favorite for not only newlyweds, but also sailors and fishermen, who historically looked to the stone to provide safe passage over stormy seas. So whether you’re planning a wedding or just daydreaming of a relaxing oceanside getaway, read on to discover five unique ways to incorporate aquamarine into your jewelry rotation today.
For a fresh, on-trend take on Meghan’s classic aquamarine heirloom, look no further than this pear-shaped sparkler, available in rose, white, and yellow gold settings. The most brilliant detail? The crowning semi-circle of conflict-free diamonds, which mimics the layered look of stacking rings in a single band.
Given aquamarine’s close association with all things oceanic, it’s only fitting that these raw stone studs are handcrafted on the picturesque island of Martha’s Vineyard, steps from the salt-sprayed Massachusetts shoreline. Thanks to the natural variance of the organic, unfinished stones, each pair of these copper-capped earrings is truly one-of-a-kind.
Fans of timeless, understated jewelry will find themselves drawn to this dainty sterling silver bracelet, which features a solitary polished aquamarine stone—hand-picked for a having a breathtaking quality and brightness that's more than capable of holding its own. For a pretty and personalized touch, an engraved silver initial tag is positively charming.
The largest piece of aquamarine ever discovered weighed a colossal 245 pounds, but if you ask us, this modern pendant necklace—boasting a dazzling shard that clocks in at approximately one-inch long—features the perfect amount of stone to dangle elegantly around a neck. A 14K gold-filled chain brings a warm contrast to the cool blue crystal, which would look equally at home paired with crisp, preppy blazer or funky vintage dress.
When it comes to designing your signature ring stack, durable aquamarine makes an excellent addition. Registering at an 8 on the Mohs hardness scale, these shimmery stones can easily stand up to the demands of everyday wear. Our pick? Versatile multi-stone electroformed bands, which would look beautiful layered into a custom mix-and-match set but also shine bright on their own.

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Katie Hawley

Katie Hawley is a senior editor at Etsy. She's also an aspiring weaver, a perpetual snacker, and head-over-heels obsessed with her dog.