Garnet, the birthstone for January, and aquamarine, March’s birthstone, have something in common. Both are often used as talismans by seafarers to help provide safe passage in their journeys. However, in history, aquamarine is the stone most associated with anything involving water.
In fact, the word "aquamarine" itself is rather redundant because, in Latin, "aqua" means water, and "mare" means sea. The stone is heavily associated with Poseidon, the god of the sea. Many in ancient Rome believed that the stones were sacred to the god (whom they called Neptune), and were convinced mermaids had tails studded with aquamarine stones.
Some devout Catholics may think of aquamarine as a sacred stone, because it was one of the foundation stones of the Church, according to Scriptures. To be accurate, the stone in question was beryl, the family of stones where aquamarine belongs. According to the Book of Revelation, beryl symbolizes the virtue of mercy.
True to its name, aquamarine gives off a bluish-greenish tint that calls to mind the changing color of the sea. Swarovski crystals capture that fresh aqueous tint, recalling the rejuvenating property and the clarity of water. As such, they make wonderful jewelry pieces, and elegant embellishments in clothing and fashion accessories.