Aquamarine - March birthstone
If you were born in March, your birthstone is the aquamarine. Aquamarines are beautiful stones, ranging from pale blue shades to green blue shades to vibrant blues. Large, dark blue Aquamarines are considered the most rare and the most expensive. Small Aquamarines are often paler in color. Aquamarines are actually a type of beryl, which is a mineral made of beryllium aluminum silicate. Aquamarine is the most widespread variety of beryl. This gemstone gets its name from Latin words which mean sea and water, an appropriate name for a stone that reflects the deep blue of the ocean. Aquamarine has long been associated with water; it is also the anniversary stone for 16th and 19th wedding anniversaries. Aquamarines are symbolic of loyalty, honesty, and beauty. They are often used to celebrate weddings.
When selecting your aquamarines, look for stones that are well set. Aquamarine look wonderful set in silver or platinum, but also look very attractive in pale gold. The most expensive types of aquamarine stones are transparent and almost colorless. However, aquamarine can be quite affordable and comes in a wide range of colors, styles, and prices. Because it is a hard gemstone, aquamarine is good for jewelry that you wear every day. Rings, earrings, and other types of jewelry that display the stone prominently are all good choices.
Once you buy your gemstone, make sure that you protect your stone from sharp blows and scratches. Although the Aquamarine is a hard mineral, it can crack and scratch. With proper care, though, it can last your entire lifetime and can even become an heirloom item, lovingly passed down by future generations. Since this type of gem can become paler as it is exposed to sunlight, store your jewelry in a dark place when you're not wearing it. You can clean your Aquamarines with a soft bristle brush and warm, soapy water. Alternatively, you can take your aquamarine jewelry to your jeweler for cleaning. Your jeweler can use an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to precisely clean your gem so that your aquamarine sparkles as it should.
Aquamarines have been prized for many years for their healing powers and their symbolic value. Some believe that these gemstones protect against toothache, neck disorders, nerve pain, glandular problems, kidney illnesses, and liver ailments. Some believe that Aquamarines can help reduce problems associated with coughing, stomach upset, and eye and ear problems. In the past, those who traveled by water often wore aquamarines to protect themselves from the risks of the sea and from seasickness. Some say that aquamarine can help relieve grief and depression. Aquamarines have long been associated with weddings, in part because many believe that aquamarine can help ensure a long and happy marriage by providing a soothing effect on newly married couples. Those who've been married for a long time sometimes claim that aquamarine can can help promote new love and help a couple find new friends. In the past, Aquamarine has been credited with protecting owners against evil, and providing strength. In many cultures, aquamarine is used to aid meditation.