Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Aquamarine: Birthstone for March

The aquamarine is the blue or blue-green forms of the mineral Beryl. The word "aquamarine" comes from Latin for "sea water". It is usually heated to enhance the blue color.

There is a lot of legendary uses for the stone. It was the most appropriate gift for a wedding couple after their first night together. And said to enhance romance between couples. The Romans used it - specifically carved in a frog shape - to reconcile enemies. But there are other examples where it has been used in ancient times for similar purposes.
It is a symbol of youth - happiness - and is said to provide its wearer with oracle perceptions. It was also used in this manner as the best stone for a fortune teller's ball during Medieval times.

The largest aquamarine found was in 1910 - the stone weighed 243 pounds. It was cut into smaller stones creating over 200,000 carats.

Wouldn't that be nice to run across!

Happy birthday to all those March birthdays!

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