There are some quirky eccentricities involved with the phrase ‘March Madness’ or ‘beware the ides of March.’ The current phrase is used in the United States to refer to NCAA Basketball Championship, but March madness refers to the Canadian government trying to spend the last of their budgets at the end of their fiscal year to not be assessed as needing a smaller budget the following year. The reference dates back even farther to Europe with the breeding season of the European Hare where they can be sing dancing around in a crazy, eratic fashion. The ides of March references March 15th, and was associated with several religious observations as it was part of the Roman New Year, but gained notoriety as being the day that Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC.
Typically sky-blue aquamarine is a variety of beryl composed of beryllium, aluminum, and silicate and found in igneous rock. The aquamarine develops naturally with few flaws making it some of the most brilliant gems to work with as the lack of inclusions in the mineral allows the light to pass through the stone and catch the facet cuts to add great sparkle. aquamarine can sometimes be heat-treated to obtain the sky-blue color.
It is very popular to set aquamarine in white gold or other cool-toned metals like sterling silver as it enhances the blue color even more.
Check out this bedazzling pendant from Bailey Banks & Biddle’s esteemed designer, Penny Preville. The pendant features a 1 ct, pear shaped aquamarine surrounded by brilliant round cut diamond rings, set in white gold with a delicate chain holding more diamonds linked through out the chain.
Nothing pulls an outfit together like a set of jewelry and Penny Preville has designed these gorgeous lever back drop earrings. Love how the aquamarine just hangs in the setting with the four prongs, and set with ½ total carat weight in diamonds. Shazam!
Another inspirational example of how aquamarine can be used is with March birthday baby, Jessica Biel’s engagement ring from Justin Timberlake. Timberlake proposed in 2012 while the couple was vacationing in Montana. He personally designed the ring, a 18 K white gold and black rhodium plated creation with square center stone specially cut with hearts and arrow facets, surrounded by round diamonds and featuring one aquamarine on each side to celebrate her birth month.
Nothing says delicious color like LeVian designer jewelry. Bailey Banks and Biddle is a proud distributor for LeVian and has these aquamarine delights that are very similar to the Biel/Timberlake set.
This is a 2 carat sea blue aquamarine set in 14K vanilla gold, with 0.41 carats of chocolate diamonds and .16 carats of vanilla diamonds.
Another 2 carat sea blue aquamarine is housed in vanilla gold with .55 carats of chocolate and .20 of vanilla diamonds set on this fabulous cocktail ring.
But, these are just a few examples of the exquisite birthstone jewelry we carry on-line or in the store. Go to our home page and search ‘Aquamarine’ or visit our Birthstone Gift page to help find that special gift for the March baby in your life.