March Birthstone: Aquamarine

March Birthstone: Aquamarine

March Birthstone: Aquamarine

March Birthstone: Aquamarine


Properties
Colour Green-blue
Appearance Clear to Opaqaue
Hardness 8
Rarity Common
Source United States, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe

Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone for those born in March and also celebrates the 19th wedding anniversary.

A variety of the mineral Beryl, Aquamarine is naturally blueish-green in colour, but is commonly heat treated to bring the blue shade of the gemstone to the forefront.


History

Aquamarine gets its name from the Latin word "aqua" meaning water and "marinus" meaning the sea. In ancient times, sailors carried Aquamarine as a talisman against drowning.

In Ancient Rome, Aquamarine was thought to symbolise love and long unity and was often gifted to newlyweds. Some also believed it to re-awaken love between those who had been married for many years.


Healing

The energy of Aquamarine is thought to reduce stress, bring calm and clarity to the mind, as well as inspiring to the ability to trust and let go—making it a great stone to meditate with.

Aquamarine is also believed to evoke courage. It assists in inspiring those who pass judgment to be more tolerant and helps those overwhelmed by responsibility to find order.




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