Monday, March 2, 2009

March Birthstone - Aquamarine

If your birthay is in March, you may have a few pieces of jewelry with this gemstone in them. Aquamarine is one of the most popular gemstones, and is worn by March babies and those who just love the color.

The color of aquamarine varies. It can be any color blue from the lush blue of the Spring sky to the deep blue of the waters. Anyone who has seen a Mediterranean sea can understand why the stone is called aquamarine.
Aquamarine Photo courtesy of ebay seller BangkokGemMart

The word is derived from the Latin words "aqua" which means water, and "mare" which means sea. It is a form of beryl, the category of gemstones of which the emerald is also a part. The aquamarine is very clear with few inclusions.

A great amount of the world's aquamarine comes from Brazil, although it is also found in the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and even the USA.

Since the early times, the aquamarine has been thought to be a lucky stone. Folklore traditions state that it endows the wearer with happiness, courage and security. Some even say that it awakens love in a listless marriage. It is also thought to possess some healing benefits - including healing diseases of the liver, stomach, heart and throat.

The aquamarine is generally quite affordable. I have recently listed a pretty pair of aquamarine and rhinestone earrings in my ebay store for only $9.99. They have lovely aquamarine dangles hanging below rhinestone encrusted leaves, and would make a wonderful birthday gift for the March birthday girl in your life.

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