The aquamarine is a member of the beryl family and is the birthstone of March. This gemstone has its name from the latin words for water and sea. In fact, the history and legends sorrounding this gemstone, continues to connect it to the sea the sea. It can be found in a broad spectrum of aqua, teal green and blue hues, while the opacity of the gemstone can vary from clear to completely opaque. This means that aquamarine can attain an amazing milky blue colour, which is my personal favourite. Read on, if you would like to know more about the aquamarine! ♡ Shiri.
The aquamarine is the birthstone of march, and wearing your birthstone is said to bring you good luck and health. A gorgeous piece of jewellery set with the aquamarine will make a lovely, personal gift for a birthday celebration as well as certain wedding anniversaries.
The aquamarine is given on the 19th wedding anniversary. Celebrate and adorn your loved one by gifting her a piece of jewellery set with the beautiful aquamarine.
The spiritual qualities of the aquamarine include: awareness, clear mind, sharp intellect and heightened intuition. This gemstone is a good companion, as it is said to soothe fears, promote self-expression and reduce stress.
Sailors have worn aquamarines, as they believed it could prevent seasickness and keep them safe on their journey. In some cultures the aquamarine has been a symbol of everlasting youth. In the middle-ages the aquamarine was thought to be able to reduce the effect of poison.
In ancient Greek legends, the aquamarine is said to originate from the treasure chest of mermaids that washed up to shore. Archeologists have often found the aquamarine carved in to statues of Poseidon, God of the sea, and it was said to offer protection to sailors. According to some legends the protective powers of the gemstone are strongest when immersed in water.
Aquamarines are mined in Brazil, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Zambia, Sri Lanka, Russia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. This gemstone is 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale of hardness. The shades of the aquamarine can range from deep teal to pale, crystal blue, while the depth of this colour is determined by the amount of iron during the creation of the gemstone. The aquamarine can also display a cat-eye effect, known as asterism. The words largest aquamarine has been named the Hirsch Aquamarine and measures 109.92 carats.