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Birthstone of March: the aquamarine

By Frank

Highly experienced diamond polisher who loves to share his knowledge with you. Continues to stun his colleagues with interesting - or simply bizarre - facts about diamonds and gems.

March 10, 2017

Aquamarine is the birthstone of March. Aquamarine comes in virtually all shades of blue, varying from sky blue to deep, ocean blue. Occasionally, this blue gemstone can sometimes appear to be a bit green.

Why an aquamarine?

Literally translated, aquamarine means “water of the sea” or “sea stone”.  It may come as no surprise that people thought the gemstone was connected to the sea somehow. The stories from old times tell that aquamarines come from the treasure chests of mermaids. People thought they bring love and happiness and cure a sore throat, rhinitis and autoimmune diseases.

rock of aquamarine

Aquamarine stands for

  • Comforting people who grief over the loss of their loved ones or objects.
  • Creating clarity in times of uncertainty.
  • Improving intelligence.
  • Creativity
  • Understanding of fears and phobias.
  • Strengthening the senses.
  • Healing of a sore throat, curing heart diseases, sleep- and thyroid problems.

Origin of the aquamarine

The name aquamarine comes from the Latin words “aqua” and “marina”. These two mean “water” and “sea”. According to the myth, seafarers wore the stones to protect them from the dangers of the seas. Because the color of aquamarine resembles the seas and oceans. As a gemstone from the treasury of the mermaids, people thought an aquamarine had a positive effect on their love life. It would bring happiness and harmony and should also do wonders for your marriage. But there is more. The gem has a positive effect on the heart, liver, and throat. It also has a positive effect on sleep because the stone has a soothing effect.

loose aquamarine cut gemstones

Aquamarine is the birthstone of March. But is also the gemstone of Gemini, Aquarius, Pisces, and Libra. Moreover, it is also the stone that belongs to the 19th marriage anniversary. Aquamarine is mainly found in Brazil, Madagascar, Pakistani and Zimbabwe.

Color of aquamarine

The aquamarine color suits everyone, regardless of their hair, eye, or skin color. The stone is a variety of beryl, just like the emerald. The color of aquamarine varies from blue-green to bright light blue.

rough aquamarine in tweezers

 

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