Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. Aquamarine is a type of beryl crystal. It ranges in color from a pale, pastel blue to a greenish-blue to a deep blue. The intensity of the color increases with the quantity of iron in the crystal. Darker shades of aquamarine are rarer and more valuable. Larger stones tend to have more vivid and intense color. Some stones are heated to high temperatures to enhance the color or clarity. Aquamarine is the most flawless of all crystals. This beautiful crystal is a perfect complement to spring and summer wardrobes.
The most valuable aquamarines are found in Brazil, but is also mined in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Russia. It is also the official state gem of Colorado.
Aquamarine has long been a symbol of youth, health, hope, and fidelity. It is said to heighten awareness, communication skills, and quick response. It is also believed to have healing powers that can cure ailments affecting the liver, jaws, stomach, and throat. Because it is the color of water and the sky, it is said to embody eternal life. In addition, aquamarine is believed to bring good luck to married couples by keeping harmony in the marriage and strengthening the bonds of marriage.
The name aquamarine comes from the Latin words “aqua,” meaning water, and “mare,” meaning sea because its greenish-blue color looks like sea water. Many early uses and myths surrounding aquamarine also tied into the sea and sea voyage. The first documented use of aquamarine dates back to Ancient Greece between 480 and 300 B.C. when it was used as an amulet engraved with Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea, on a chariot. These amulets were used as a talisman to bring sailors good luck and a safe journey. The Romans associated aquamarine with Neptune, the King of the Sea, and believed it would protect sailors and ensure a safe voyage across stormy seas. Another legend said that aquamarine is the treasure of mermaids.