Aquamarine is a lovely stone whose name is derived from separate Latin words 'aqua' and, marine' which means "water and sea". It is icy blue which is believed to be one of the powerful stones holding mystical power in it since ancient times.
It is a beautiful gemstone that is the birthstone for March babies. This can be given as an exceptional gift for someone you know that is born in March. It is a member of the beryl family including Emerald and Morganite which are also part of the family.
Aquamarine is the official birthstone for people born in March. Not only it is the birthstone but it is also given as a gift for the 19th wedding anniversary and is a stone of Scorpio zodiac sign. You can gift them an aquamarine pendant, necklace or cuff-links.
The ancient Greeks and Romans believed that this beautiful sky-blue gems came from the treasure chest of the mermaid. People used to carry these gems on a journey through the water in a belief that it will keep them safe and protects them from danger on the way.
It is found in many places worldwide including China, Pakistan, Australia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Madagascar.
Aquamarine comes in different shades of blue which includes sky blue, bright blue, pale blue, blue-green. However, of all the colors available, sky blue is the king's color of the aquamarine. For example, only a crystal clear diamond is considered of high value, this blue gem value also depends on its shade of colors. Lighter or darker than the sky blue holds minimum value.
Like many gemstones available in the market are treated, the Aquamarine also treated to bring the true color. The color remains permanent, but when the topaz color changes in dark blue when treated, the color of the aquamarine stays the same. The value of the treated stone is lower than the natural stone.
This blue gem is historically popular among the sailors. They used to consider it as their good luck charm, protector when they are leaving on their long voyage. According to the legends, aquamarine is possession of mermaid and it prevents the sailors from getting seasickness and sudden accidents.
The world's largest Aquamarine was found in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. It was discovered by a group of miners in 1980. However, the crystal was dropped and broke into three pieces where the big piece is now known as Dom Pedro Aquamarine. It weighs around 60 pounds and 2 feet in length. An artist named Bernd Musteiner worked for a year in the stone and transformed it into a beautiful obelisk that is 13.75 inches tall and 4 feet wide.
From ancient times, it is believed that there is some mystical power in this beautiful, sky-blue Aquamarine. It is believed to provide courage, happiness, knowledge, and wisdom to its wearer. If you are traveling far, wearing this stone is believed to protect you from unexpected accidents on the journey.
Aquamarine has the hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, so it can be worn regularly. Although it still needs some caring and cleaning. This gem can be cleaned with ultrasonic cleaner or steamer, unlike emeralds. Too much heat exposure is not recommended even when the heat does not affect its natural color.
Use warm water, a shop, and a soft brush to clean the stone. Avoid harsh chemicals and even if it is a hard stone, be careful with it.
This gem is known as the powerful stone for meditation. Meditating with this stone is believed to guide the person to its core spirituality. The Roman also believed that this stone can cure health problems that include the liver, stomach, and throat. The Middle-Aged people used it for alleviating anxiety, stress, and provides peace.
These blue gems had been a favorite of the designers. Its stunning blue color and variety shapes and cuts give opportunities to the jewelry designers to show their artistic skill. It has been used in jewelry like rings, necklaces, pendant, earrings, bracelets and many more.
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