Aquamarine: Birthstone of the Month

Aquamarine: Birthstone of the Month

Jump into the deep blue ocean colours of the aquamarine stone. The birthstone for the month of March is seen to protect sailors at sea, has natural crystal healing powers, and was sacred to the Roman god of the sea, Neptune. So, March babies, once you’ve discovered all the benefits of the aquamarine stone, treat yourself to a beautiful piece of aquamarine jewellery to celebrate the month of your birth.

But before you choose your perfect accessory, here are 10 (pretty) interesting facts about this most precious of gemstones:

1. Pump some iron

Everyone knows the distinctive ocean-inspired green-blue hues of the aquamarine stone, but not everyone is aware that these precious stones are actually formed in a huge variety of colours. Shades of deep teal to pale, crystal blues and greens, the colour in an aquamarine stone is affected by the amount of iron in the gem’s structure.

2. It’s all in the name

Derived from the Latin words for water and sea, the aquamarine stone perfectly resembles the original translation of the word.

3. They love a beauty treatment

In order to make them a more vibrant, true blue colour, many aquamarine stones are heat-treated. This treatment doesn’t affect the structure of the stone, but the change of colour is permanent. Any stone that has been heat-treated should be labelled as such.

4. Powers of protection

The aquamarine stone is said to protect sailors at sea – bringing them back home safely to their families.

5. A stone of many talents

As well as being seen to help relieve symptoms of stress and worry, aquamarine stones have many other beneficial aspects. These include increasing youthfulness, intelligence, foresight, courage and happiness, as well as reducing the effect of poisons.

6. Neptune’s best friend

According to Roman legend, Neptune (sometimes known as Poseidon) – god of the sea – obtained an aquamarine stone after it fell from a sirens’ jewellery box and washed up on the shore. Therefore, ancient Romans believed Neptune had a strong affection for these stones and how they become to be linked with the safety of sailors and fisherman – as Neptune did not want any of these things to fall back into the treacherous sea.

Neptune’s best friend

7. A multinational stone

Many of the best examples of “jewellery-quality” aquamarines are found and mined in Brazil, however these stones can be found in many locations, including: Zambia, Nigeria, Madagascar, Pakistan and Mozambique. Recently, a new shape of aquamarine has been sourced from China, a flatter, hexagonal (and less expensive) stone.

8. The emeralds long lost cousin

Emerald and aquamarine stones are both varieties of beryl gemstones. They share much of the same minerals and structural qualities, this is why they are often found in the same stone deposits around the world.

10. Holy Moh-ly

Aquamarines generally sit between 7 and 8 on the Mohs scale, which measures the hardness of gemstones. For comparison, a diamond measures 10 on the scale, so whilst aquamarine is not as tough as a diamond, it is still relatively strong and stable – good enough for quality, long-lasting jewellery.

Pinterest Inspiration

The beautiful people of Pinterest are helping bring this delicious ocean-blue gemstone into the 21st century, whilst still maintaining its classic, elegant and timeless style. We all can see the subtle shades of aquamarine throughout nature – and this stunning colour is the perfect addition to a statement piece of jewellery.

Pinterest Inspiration

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“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” - Jacques Yves Cousteau.

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