March roars in like a lion, usually, here in the Midwest, and is a month of considerable frustration. Weather is quickly changeable and sometime violent. Each bud and blade of grass vies for our attention yet we duck our heads and run as we seek shelter. It is a rugged month. Rarely calm and never serene like the beautiful blue green stone of aquamarine.
- Aquamarine History
The name “aquamarine” is derived from two Latin words: aqua, meaning “water,” and marina, meaning “of the sea.” It has been said that the mineral beryl gives the wearer protection against foes in battle or litigation. In the 19th century, sea green varieties of the stone were the most popular, but today, the more blue the color, the more valuable the stone. In 1910, the largest ever aquamarine was found in Brazil, weighing 243 pounds. It was then cut into smaller stones, yielding over 200,000 caraRoman Roman legend stated that the stone absorbs the atmosphere of young love: “When blessed and worn, it joins in love, and does great things.” In Medieval times, the stone was thought to reawaken the love of married couples. It was also believed to render soldiers invincible.
- In our lives
Today we prize the serenely colored aquamarine to invoke the tranquility of its namesake, the sea. Prized jewelry pieces are often created for mother’s and grandmother’s in which are set a birth stone to represent each cherished child’s birth month. Because the amethysts beautiful shade of violet complements both warm and cool colors it is also popular for those not fortunate to claim it as their own birthstone.
Whether purchasing a gift or making an investment the beauty of an aquamarine will stand the test of time. In addition to the birthstone for March and is a popular and affordable gemstone. It is also the gem for the 16th and 19th wedding anniversaries. As a “just because” purchase it is a durable stone that is suitable for special occasion jewelry and also worn every day. Color is most important, specifically the intensity. The most valuable stone is the pure, clear blue aquamarine gemstone. Unlike the diamond the aquamarine is relatively plentiful and the price differential in carat sizes isn’t significant, thereby making this gem a great choice for statement jewelry pieces.
- The month of
Those born in March are blessed with the serene, tranquil and majestic Aquamarine as their birth gemstone. Weather a deep sea green or a clear blue the colors of aquamarine are believed to keep one calm and peaceful, allowing the bearer to remain serene and in control despite any challenge. Sincerest wishes that March thoughts provide you hope, inspiration and promise.
These gems have life in them: their colors speak, say what words fail of. ~George Eliot