Aquamarine, dreaming in blue

Spring has almost sprung, that means it’s time for aquamarine babies to start celebrating. Synonymous with happiness and friendship, it’s clear waves of blue leave you calm and serene. The beautiful blue gem has been cherished for centuries. Its Latin name dates back to Roman times and is a combination of words, aqua meaning ‘water’, and mare meaning ‘sea’.

True blue – This gorgeous jewel ranges in hues of blue, from light blue to greenish blue. In the 19th century sea green varieties of the gemstone were favoured more. Now, in recent times, the more intense blues are found to be more popular.

Their stunning blue colour is attributed from small amounts of iron deposits, which form in the crystal. Strong saturated blues are the most desirable and generally the richer the blue the more valuable the stone.

Very rarely trace amounts of other minerals are sometimes found in aquamarine, creating a cat’s eye or star effect called asterism – these are generally very rare and very expensive!

Back to school – Aquamarines come from a group of minerals called beryl, which include emeralds, goshenite and morganite. Aquamarine measures 7 – 8 on the Mohs scale, meaning that it’s very durable and perfect for jewellery making.

Where in the world? The major producer of aquamarine is Brazil, although Pakistan produces first-class aquamarine crystals. The blue gem is also often found in Australia, China, Madagascar and the US.

Hocus pocus – Being the gem of the sea, fable states that the March gemstone originates from the treasure chest of mermaids. Worn by ancient sailors, it’s been regarded as a symbol of good luck and protection and to ward off the wrath of Poseidon. Some believe aquamarine is good for couple karma! It’s believed that it can help people to resolve problems and help to ensure a long and happy marriage.

Others believe it’s has a calming effect on the wearer, so it’s good for the worrywart. It’s also said that aquamarine helps restore peace of mind and mental clarity.

Aquamarine jewellery is also a popular gift for 16th and 19th wedding anniversaries as well as being the zodiac gemstone for Scorpio and Pisces and of course the birthstone for the month of March. Aquamarine babies are meant to be a little shy and reserved, but full of honesty and generosity.

We’ve got a March birthday coming up in the office. She’s a typical quiet March baby, always affectionate and caring. Are you a classic aquamarine baby, we’d love to know, so let us know in the reply box below?

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