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Archive for March, 2012

March Birthstone – Aquamarine

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The name aquamarine comes from the Latin: acqua = water & mare = sea.  Ancient Romans believed that the aquamarine was sacred to Neptune, the God of the Sea, that it had fallen from the jewel boxes of the sirens and washed onto shore.  Early sailors wore aquamarine talismans as protection against dangers at sea.  Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family.  Beryl is a mineral that crystallizes within large grained igneous rocks on the earth’s crust.

Aquamarine varies in color from blue-green to a light sky blue, but gems containing green are often heat-treated to remove this less desirable color.

The majority of aquamarine, unlike other gemstones, are flawless.  It is a relatively abundant gem, the largest deposits being in Brazil, but also found in China, India, Australia, Africa and the United States

The gift of this gemstone symbolizes both safety and security, especially within long standing relationships.

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