Aquamarine: The March Birthstone
Aquamarine is named for its ocean blue color. The sea green varieties of the stone have been historically more popular, but today the bluer hues of this stone are more valuable.
This stone was known as the sailor's gemstone and was given to sailors as a blessing to ensure the safe and prosperous passage across stormy seas.
There is a Roman mythology legend about the Aquamarine that it absorbs the atmosphere of young love. Historically, the stone was a popular gift to a bride on her wedding day.
Writers of the Middle Ages claimed that the stone was the most popular and effective of mystical crystals. When used, it was thought to be a superior stone for fortune telling.
Aquamarine is a part of the Beryl mineral family just like the Emerald. The best quality stones are from Brazil. It is a relatively easy stone to cut and rates a 7.5 to 8 on the hardness scale, making it a durable stone.
The stone comes in a variety of shades, but the most popular are pale blue, light blue, or light green. It can sometimes appear clear as well, but iron content in the stone gives it its blue color hues.
Aquamarine is commonly found in cavities and stream gravels. The Beryl crystals can grow to very large sizes, even up to 30 feet. Aquamarine crystals of up to 3 feet are very common and can be found almost anywhere. The most popular stones come from Australia.
The aquamarine is known to have countless positive effects on the wearer. There are also many beliefs that regard this stone as a healing stone for mental health. It can be used to help calm nervous tension and anxiety. Aquamarine is a wonderful stone for meditation as it quiets the mind and facilitates obtaining communication from higher planes. Using this stone can promote motivation and comfort and is an aid in times of change. It is an excellent stone to wear when making changes and helping to remain calm.
Aquamarine is an incredibly beautiful gemstone and it is at its highest peak of power during the month of March. Its value carries great weight in ethical mining and uniqueness as well!
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