Aquamarine: the March Birthstone
The beautiful clear crystal blue colored Aquamarine is a treat to the eyes. This fantastic gemstone is a birthstone for the people born in March. The word “Aquamarine” comes from the Latin language and it means “water of the sea”. And just like the water of the sea, this gemstone has a light blue color.
See an example of a the clear blue in a ring setting.
It is a variety of Beryl that is a mineral found in mountains. Read on to know more about the history, spiritual qualities, and interesting facts of the amazing Aquamarine gemstone.
Aquamarine is found mostly in South Africa, Brazil, the USA, Zambia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Norway, Austria, Germany, and New England. There are also mines located in Madagascar and Kenya that produce the gemstone.
History for the Aquamarine
Aquamarine has always been associated with the sea. As its color and name suggest it is the gemstone for the water lovers, thus the people of March. Ancient Romans used to take Aquamarine stones and wear them while traveling in the sea. The fishermen also used to have aquamarine with them.
Ancient Egyptians and Hebrews loved aquamarine. This stone has been found with ancient Egyptian mummies and appeared to be worn as jewelry. It is believed that the highest priest of the six tribes of Israel used to wear an Aquamarine ring. The Greek traditions show the Aquamarine gemstone usage in their crafts and thrones too.
Believed Spiritual Qualities of the Aquamarine
Aquamarine has some interesting believed spiritual qualities. As its naturally cool and calm light blue/crystal blue color, the gemstone cools and calms the wearer. It relaxes the mind and reduces stress. Aquamarine is for sensitive people, it helps them tolerate negative and stressful situations. This gemstone helps to clear intuition and provides insight and a new perspective towards different matters.
Aquamarine is a gemstone that induces courage and strength in the wearer. It prevents the people who are traveling in the sea from seasickness and any harm during traveling.
It is also believed that the aquamarine increases self-awareness and tranquility and brings inner peace and power to the wearer or keeper. The Hindu culture believes that aquamarine creates a protective shield over the wearer.
Aquamarine jewelry is neutral and soothing that’s why loved by everyone. Many couples are now going for a gemstone engagement ring rather than diamonds, and the aquamarine makes a wonderful choice. Aquamarine is one fine gemstone that is also used in high fashion jewelry items such as rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.
There are so many shades of aquamarine available in the market, some dark blues too. The dark blue aquamarine is called “maxixe” but it loses color when exposed to light. The lighter sky blue or crystal blue color is the finest of them all.