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March Birthstone: Aquamarine

Did you know?

  • Aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl, just like the emerald, but unlike it, aquamarine is found in large crystals.
  • The biggest producer of aquamarines is Brazil, where the stone is quite abundant. Aquamarine is also mined in Nigeria, Zambia, China, India, Australia and US.
  • The very best of stones are called Santa Maria, and come from the Santa Maria de Itabira mine in Brazil.

  • Aquamarine is believed to bestow courage, insight, and victory. It also symbolizes youth, fidelity, hope, and health.
  • This birthdaystone can fade upon prolonged exposure to light.
  • The etymology of the word comes from Latin, from the words water “aqua” and sea “mare”. Aquamarine is strongly connected through color and symbolism to the bottomless blue of seawater.
  • The majority of aquamarines are flawless.

  • Ancient Romans believed the gemstone was sacred to Neptune, the god of the sea. The sailors used to ware aquamarine talismans, as protection against dangers at sea.
  • They also believed the gem had fallen from the jewel boxes of sirens and washed onto shore.
  • Aquamarine is believed to give mental peace and clarity, providing emotional and mental balance. It has been used as an aid in meditation and to assist in self-expression.

  • Stones with a clear blue color without green or gray are the most valuable.
  • As part of the normal finishing process, some aquamarines are heated to remove traces of yellow.
  • Aquamarine is also known for being the anniversary gem for the 19th year of marriage.

  • Aquamarine was first discovered in India more than two thousands years ago, people have attributed various magical and spiritual properties to it. The Hindus used it to spark mental clarity and develop public speaking capabilities.
  • The majority of aquamarines on the market today are faceted stones, or faceted beads, however they can be cut as cabochons and are known in rare cases to produce an asterism.

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