The aquamarine is a member of the beryl family and is the birthstone of march. This gemstone has its name from Latin, meaning water and sea. In fact, the history and legends surrounding this gemstone, continues to connect it to the sea. It can be found in a spectrum of blue, teal and green colours, while the opacity of the gemstone can vary from clear to completely opaque. The aquamarine can also attain an amazing milky blue colour, which is my personal favorite. Read on, if you would like to know more about the wonderful 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 16th and 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.
Throughout history, the aquamarine has represented many different qualities. In ancient Greece, the aquamarine was worn by sailors, as they believed it could prevent seasickness and keep them safe on their journey, while in other cultures, the aquamarine was a symbol of everlasting youth as well as love. During the middle-ages, the aquamarine was often worn by royalty, as the gemstone was thought to work as an antidote for poison.
In ancient Greek legends, it is told, that the aquamarine originates from the treasure chest of mermaids. Archaeologists have often found the aquamarine carved into statues of Poseidon, God of the sea. The blue gemstone was believed to keep sailors safe on their journey and according to some legends, these protective powers would be strongest when the gemstone was immersed in water.
Aquamarine is the blue variety of the beryl. Aquamarines are mined in Brazil, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Zambia, Sri Lanka, Russia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. This gemstone is categorized at 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.