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Aquamarine March Birthstone

Aquamarine Birthstone of March

AQUAMARINE:

Gemstone Group-Beryl

Aquamarine is part of the beryl group of gemstones, and these Pale Blue gems are some of the most favoured and more expensive of the coloured gemstones. A wide variety of colours are represented right through from colourless to black and the stones obtained are often large in size and free from flaws.

Amsterdam Magic Aquamarine Ring by Eitan Friedman  Rough Aquamarine Nugget & Ammonite Fossil necklace by Lush Baubles Aquamarine and Boulder Pendant by Sally Brown

 

 

 

Gemstone Family includes:  Emerald- Green,  Morganite-Pink,  Helidor-Yellow,  Goshenite-White,  Beryl- Colourless.

Colour:  Clear sky blue to blue-green stones.

Mohs Hardness:  7.5 to 8.

Birthstone:  March.

Wedding Anniversary:  19th year.

 

Spiritual Meaning

  • Aquamarine represents happiness, hope and everlasting youth.
  • In ancient times, aquamarine was thought to protect those at sea. It was believed to make sailors fearless and safe from adversaries on the open waters.
  • Aquamarine is the stone of courage and preparedness and is believed to help maintain balance and order.
  • It is believed to have soothing effects on couples, helping them to work through their differences and ensure a long and happy marriage.
  • Aquamarine is the stone of courage and preparedness, and is believed to help maintain balance and order.
  • Aquamarine is considered a “good luck” stone, thought to bring feelings of peace, love, joy and happiness to those who wear it.
  • It has been said that the mineral beryl gives the wearer protection against foes in battle or litigation. It makes the wearer unconquerable and amiable, and also quickens the intellect.

 

Treatment: 

Nearly all this material is heat treated to bring out the desired colour by removing the green and yellow tones, and the colour obtained is permanent.

 

Occurrence:

Zimbabwe, Brazil, U.S.A., Russia, Madagascar, Namibia, India, Burma and Sri Lanka (not common), Australia (Qld).

 

Inclusions:

The characteristic inclusions in beryl consist of long hollow tubes, sometimes filled with liquid. The tubes tend to be parallel and run the length of the crystals. Often they are brownish in colour and may contain gas bubbles. Healing Cracks.

Negative crystals are also seen as well as flat inclusions that have a metallic appearance.

Aquamarine, as well as having the above, may also contain crystals of biotite, rutile, pyrite, haematite, and sometimes skeletal crystals that, if in abundance, allows the cutting of star beryls.

Watch out for Imitations and Synthetics:

  • Coloured glass.
  • Hydrothermal lab grown stones.
  • The less expensive blue topaz is often used to imitate Aquamarine.
  • Synthetic coloured spinel.
  • blue topaz
  • synthetic quartz

 

Fun Facts:

  • As far back as 480 BC, aquamarine was considered to be the treasure of the mermaids because its ability to protect increased when immersed in water.
  • The Romans believed that if a frog were carved onto an aquamarine stone, it would reconcile enemies and make them friends.
  • Aquamarine has gained fame on Meghan Markle’s finger, when she wore a glamorous Aquamarine cocktail ring to her Wedding Reception. The ring came from the collection of her late Mother-in-Law, Diana, Princess of Wales.
  • The Dom Pedro is the world’s largest cut aquamarine, the gem measures approximately 14 inches (36 cm) long by 4 inches (10 cm) wide (at the thicker base) and weighs 10,363 carats
  • The name “aquamarine” is derived from two Latin words: aqua, meaning “water,” and marina, meaning “of the sea.”

 

 

References

https://www.gemsociety.org/article/famous-aquamarines/

Fire Mountains and Gems https://www.firemountaingems.com/

GAA Course Notes

https://www.gia.edu/aquamarine-history-

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