March’s birthstone, aquamarine, is a delight for mosaic. I love using the silver smalti, which has a thin layer of white gold under fused to pale blue glass, and gives a lovely glacial effect. Combined with metallic blue glass tile(made in PA by Vitrium), and iridized glass tile from Italy.
Aquamarine is made of beryl, otherwise known as Beryllium Aluminum Silicate. Chemistry is more beautiful than it is ever given credit for! This shade of blue is evocative of the sea, the sky, and of the deep layers of glaciers, and derived from the Latin aqua marina, meaning sea water.
If aquamarine is called to you, check out the listing in my Nutmeg Designs Etsy shop.