Serene and mesmerizing; these are just some of the many words that come to mind when you think about aquamarine – the beautiful March birthstone. This coveted and gorgeous gem resembles the sparkling ocean on a sun-kissed day and has aptly derived its name from the Latin words that translate into “seawater” in English.
What The Legends Say
Like most gems that belong to the beryl family, aquamarine too has many fascinating folklores attached to it. One of them believed that this stunning gem came directly from the treasure troves of mermaids. An aquamarine was therefore considered as a good luck charm, specifically for sailors. Not only did it help eliminate seasickness, but also protected the brave men from stormy seas. In ancient times, the Romans believed that aquamarine was sacred to Neptune, the god of the sea. During the middle ages, aquamarine was hailed for its healing properties and also considered as an antidote to poison. Even today, this gem is said to promote a happy marriage, and bring in joy and wealth.
Color & Other Distinctive Characteristics
The pastel blue gemstone gets its captivating hue from traces of iron during the formation period. Aquamarines that fall into the dark blue to the slightly greenish blue category with moderate intensity are considered to be the most desired. Generally, these stones are free of eye-visible inclusions. However, good-colored aquamarines that are mildly included are also favored, as visible flaws in this gemstone are considered to be rare.
In terms of hardness, aquamarines have a rating of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale which makes them a relatively hard stone and perfect for everyday wear. But they’re not entirely immune to damage and can develop cracks on hard impact.
While Brazil is the source for the world’s most prized dark-blue colored aquamarines, this gem is also mined in other parts of the globe. Some of these countries include Russia, Nigeria, Madagascar, Kenya Pakistan, Afghanistan and China.
The breathtaking beauty of an aquamarine has made it a popular choice for adorning a variety of jewelry, especially earrings, necklaces and bracelets. In addition to its enchanting charm, this gem offers impressive durability, which further makes it a prized possession. An aquamarine is not just meant for those born in the month of March. This enthralling gemstone is perfect for everyone who wishes to display its mystique and brilliance.
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