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The gemstone Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. It is my son’s birthstone and one of my favorite stones because of it’s color. Derived from the Roman word “aqua,” meaning water, and “mare,” meaning sea, this pale blue gem  resembles the color of seawater.  Aquamarine was traditionally worn by sailors to protect them from the water and against storms.

Aquamarine has also been used to protect against gossip.  In medieval Europe, aquamarine was beleived to re-awaken love in a marriage and to make soldiers invincible in battle.  The Greeks beleived that aquamarine would absorb the energy of young love and was considered the best gift for a groom to give his bride after consumnating their marriage. It was popular among European royalty to wear aquamarine as an antidote to poison.  Ancient Romans used Aquamarine in treating ailments of the stomach, liver and throat.

Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family and ranges in color from an almost colorless pale blue to blue-green or teal. The most valuable aquamarines come from Brazil, but it is also mined in Kenya and Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia.

I don’t have any jewelry made with aquamarine right now 😦 …but these are a few designs made with lovely blue stones such as chalcedony, sodalite, kyanite, and jasper.

Bikini Island Bracelet

Blue Teardrop Earrings

Poetry in Motion Earrings

Cloud Necklace

India Ink Earrings

Raindrop Necklace

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