With its striking shades of blues and greens, the March birthstone aquamarine is an elegant gem... and it's aptly named too. Getting its name from Latin words that mean water and sea, it looks very much like beautiful water!
While aquamarine is suggested as a jewel to give on the16th and 19th wedding anniversaries, I frankly think it makes a perfect gift anytime!
The gem itself is a member of the beryl family and ranges in color from a very pale blue to a deep blue-green. The deep blue aqua color is often the most desired, but it looks good in a variety of shades. On the Mohs scale of hardness, it's a 7.5-8. (The Mohs scale is a scale of hardness used in classifying minerals.)
Aquamarine gemstones can be found in Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia.
Aquamarine, like the other birthstones I've covered so far, has its own folklore and supposed "special" powers. It is believed to provide protection for sailors and some use aquamarine gems as worry stones. A worry stone is a stone that when rubbed is thought to diminish one's worries and add a sense of cool and calm to a person. I'm sure we could all use a worry stone every now and then?!
According to other traditions, aquamarine has the power to:
Wow! Sounds good to me! Here are a few of my favorites of these blue beauties...
Stay tuned for more birthstone news next month!
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