Aquamarine is the birthstone of those born in March, but we can all appreciate the pale blue beauty, so evocative of sea and sky, of this gem. Not surprisingly, the stylish Diana, Princess of Wales helped put the stone on the map when she commissioned Asprey to create a ring out of a Brazilian aquamarine that BFF Luisa Flecha de Lima had given her. The result was a 30-carat, emerald-cut cocktail stunner, flanked by diamonds and set in 24-karat yellow gold, her favorite kind of gold, Prince Harry has said. The ring was known as “the divorce ring,” because Diana wore it with an eternity band instead of her engagement ring and wedding band after her divorce from Prince Charles. Indeed, the divorce ring – also known as her “freedom ring” — was often on her finger in the months before she died.
Fast forward to May 2018, when the ring was transformed into the proverbial something blue as Harry’s bride Meghan donned it with a stunning white Stella McCartney gown for her evening wedding reception. (It was among the jewels that Princes William and Harry inherited on their mother’s death with the intention that they would pass them along to their future wives.)
Since then, the aquamarine has become the gem of choice for independent-minded women who know they can wear it and need not sport anything else.
– Georgette Gouveia