Aquamarine

March’s birthstone always reminds me of the ocean, and it get’s its name from the Latin word for seawater. Legend has it that aquamarine was the treasure of mermaids, and this gem possessed the power to protect it’s wearer while at sea. It was believed that this stone would sometimes wash ashore, having fallen from the jewel boxes of the seafolk.

The Dom Pedro: The world’s largest cut aquamarine gem.

Aquamarine is the planetary stone of Pisces, the star stone for Scorpio, and is closely associated with the moon. Throughout history, this gem was given as a gift to represent a pure love, rather than lust in a relationship.

Water in which aquamarine was submerged was also used to treat a wide variety of ailments in ancient times, such as illnesses of the heart, liver, stomach, mouth, and throat.

It is written that aquamarine had a calming effect on it’s wearer; it could calm the storms in the sea of your mind, if you will. It was also known to reduce the effects of poison as well as increase intelligence.

Queen Elizabeth wearing her aquamarine parure.

The most valuable of all aquamarines come from Brazil, but it can also be found in Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afganistan, and Russia. Some aquamarines from Mozambique and Zambia can rival the color of fine Brazilian aquamarine.

At 7.5 to 8 on the Moh’s hardness scale, aquamarine is quite durable and well-suited to everyday wear. Take care to avoid chemicals such as alcohol or ammonia, as they can damage your stone.

Aquamarine and diamond bracelet, by Cartier.

If you love aquamarine as much as I do and you are interested in a special piece of jewelry or more information, please message me. I am happy to help. Same if you would like to get me an aquamarine for my March birthday:D I hope you enjoyed learning about this amazing gemstone, and you can also learn more on your own at:

https://www.gia.edu/aquamarine

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