Perhaps more than any other birthstone, aquamarine is intrinsically linked to Pisces, the water sign that rules most March birthdays and is typically depicted by a pair of fish. Named after the Latin words meaning seawater, the gem dates to Ancient Rome, when fishermen carried it as protection during their seafaring, and as a good-luck token for a bountiful catch.
Ranging in tone from pale blue ice to rich seafoam, aquamarine was widely cherished in ancient times as a protective, soothing talisman believed to render its wearer irrepressible and charming—two attributes said to be particularly pronounced in March babies.
Whether you’re interested in reaping aquamarine’s spiritual perks or not, you can enjoy aquamarine for its oceanic colors (which pair especially well with Pantone’s color of the year, Very Peri), and its relative affordability—though the highest quality examples can be quite pricey. Here are some of our favorite new designs featuring aquamarine. —Kareem Rashed