Aquamarine, which means “water of the sea”, is the March birthstone as named by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. These gorgeous gemstones typically have a gorgeous blue hue that is reminiscent of the breathtaking waters in the Caribbean Sea. In fact, many cultures believe that aquamarine gems harness the energy from the ocean. Long ago, sailors would wear amulets of aquamarine because they believed that the gem would instill bravery and help them overcome any storm. Ancient legends assert that aquamarine is a treasure to mermaids and its powers are even greater when immersed in water.
Aquamarine is a hard, durable stone that is perfect for everyday wear. It ranks a 7.5-8 on the Moh’s scale and its toughness stems from the fact that it is made of beryl; some call it the sister gemstone of the emerald. The best way to wear these gems is in jewelry that displays them as its star due to its clarity and vibrant color. Although most aquamarine appears to have a pale blue color, the darker the aquamarines are actually more valuable. Fine jewelry makers actually prefer a deep blue hue with no traces of green or yellow in it. Some aquamarine gems have a greenish tint and, thus are less expensive. Because of its light hue, it has excellent clarity. The gemstone is often cut into emerald and oval cuts. Aquamarines are also generally faceted but when cut as a cabochon; it displays an asterism also known as a “cat’s eye” in the middle.
Aquamarine is said to help quell anger and replace negativity with positive energy. It provides its owner with mental clarity and emotional balance. This stone is considered a helpful stone for married couples because it is believed to have soothing powers over married couples. Many people like to give aquamarine as anniversary gifts because its positive affects over marriages. Many cultures believe that aquamarine gives its owner courage, foresight and happiness. It is believed to enhance one’s intelligence and enhance the psyche. The gemstone is said to also help fight drug addiction, heal swollen glands and aids in digestion.
Aquamarine gems are primarily found in Brazil; but are also mined in Madagascar, Niger, Zambia, Mozambique and Pakistan. Some varieties of aquamarine have been given unique names. The more valuable, intense blue aquamarines found in the Brazil’s Santa Maria de Itabira mine are called “Santa Maria”. These elusive gems are said to make its owners heart beat faster. This same variety of aquamarine that is found in Mozambique is called “Santa Maria Africana”. Many large deposits of aquamarine crystals have been found. One of the largest was mined in Brazil in 1920 and weighed 243 pounds was 19 inches long and 16 inches wide. Several gemstones were cut from this massive piece. The American Museum of Natural History has a portion of this crystal that weighs 13 pounds and remains uncut. Another famous aquamarine gem resides in the British Museum of Natural History; it is an 897.5 carat, step-cut aquamarine with an astonishing sea-green hue.
Aquamarine are in inexpensive way to add bright color and flair to your look without going over budget. It is a favorite among consumers because the gemstone catches the light brilliantly and is a gemstone that looks much more expensive than it actually is. Its enchanting color evokes a feeling of peace because it is reminiscent of the sea and sky, elements that envelope any onlooker in a tranquil state of mind.
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