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Birthstone Story: March – Aquamarine

March’s Birthstone is Aquamarine!

AquamarineHere are some fascinating facts about Aquamarine:

Aquamarine gets its name from Latin “aqua marina,” which means “sea water,” in reference to the similarity of the gemstone’s color and clarity to the ocean.

Aquamarine is found mainly in Brazil, but can also be found in Russia, Kenya, Madagascar, and the Midwestern United States.

Aquamarine has been found in decorative jewelry and protective amulets dating back as far as 500 B.C.  Because of its great beauty and the belief it had powers of healing,   especially the ability to calm and soothe the nerves, it was revered.

Aquamarine was believed to be treasures of the mermaids, so sailors wore it to protect them at sea and ward off seasickness.

The world’s largest cut aquamarine weighs more than 220 lbs and is named the Don Pedro.  It is exhibited at the Natural History Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Aquamarine is believed to be a stone of enlightenment, spiritual awareness, and the ability to become attuned to your own emotions.  It is associated with peace and tranquility and is believed to rid you of the feelings of turmoil or self-doubt that plague many of us.

To care for aquamarine, regular soapy water is sufficient.  Aquamarine is 7.5 to 8 on the MOHS scale, which means it’s a pretty hard stone.  Note:  “Ocean Waves” is made with moonstone which requires more tender care.   You can clean your necklace using a gentle commercial, non-acid based jewelry cleaner or mild dish detergent, and dry using tissue or a soft cloth. Be sure to rinse your stones well to ensure all soapy residue is removed. 

See pictures of “Ocean Wave” or purchase it HERE. 

See the other jewelry in my Shop HERE.

 

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