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Aquamarine Throughout History

According to the old legend, aquamarine originated in the treasure chest of mermaids, and has, since ancient times, been regarded as the sailors’ lucky stone. Its name is derived from the Latin ‘aqua’ (water) and ‘mare’ (sea). It is said that its strengths are developed to their best advantage when it is placed in water which is bathed in sunlight. However, it is surely better still to wear aquamarine, since according to the old traditions this promises a happy marriage and is said to bring the woman who wears it joy and wealth. It was also said to give sailors a safe passage on their voyage.

 

Birthstone for March

Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone for March. From the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea, aquamarines shine over an extraordinarily beautiful range of mainly light blue colors.  The blue of aquamarine is a divine, eternal color, because it is the color of the sky. Aquamarine blue is also the color of water with its life-giving force

 

The Beryl Family

Aquamarine is part of the beryl family – a cousin to emerald. Unlike the emerald, aquamarine is generally free of inclusions. Aquamarine has good hardness (7.5 to 8) and therefore suitable for jewelry of all types. The presence of iron gives aquamarine it’s blue color. Aquamarine’s pure, clear blue imparts a transparency and magnificent shine not found in any other gemstone. The most prolific finds of aquamarines are in Brazil and South America but this gemstone is found in many areas of world including Maine and New Hampshire.

 

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