Aquamarine

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AQUAMARINE

Aquamarine is the official gemstone for the month of March, the Zodiac sign for Scorpio and for the 19th Wedding Anniversary.

Legends say it originated in a treasure chest of mermaids and it is considered a sailor’s lucky stone, giving him a sound voyage and a safe return .Its name comes from two words, aqua, meaning water, a life giving force, and mare, the sea.

Thinking of the sea, we can envision aquamarines natural multi colors of sea blue from the lightest almost pale sky blue to deep blue green, colors which compliment all skin tones and eye colors. It is iron which gives aquamarine it’s blue color. And the richer the hue or deeper the color, the more rare and valuable is the stone.

Folklore promises its wearer with a long happy marriage, complimented with trust and harmony and for all wearers, youth, greater intelligence, foresight, courage and a joyful life. As a healing stone is it said to reduce stress, grief and anxiety and prevent seasickness.

The best and most valued Aquamarine comes from Brazil, but it is also found in Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia.

Part of the Beryl family, Aquamarine is related to the emerald. Its crystal structure is a hexagonal and is 7.5-8 on the Moh’s hardness scale, making it an excellent choice for jewelry. Because it is not a heavily included gemstone, it is normally cut as a faceted stone, like a diamond and when it is found in a more milky looking state. it is cut as a cabachon, most often with a higher dome to give it more color.

Ladies Ring ”Caress” 14KW Gold, 9×6 Pear shaped Aquamarine. MA386. See Women’s Rings for full details.

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