Monday, March 1, 2010

The Tale of the Birthstones – March in Aquamarine

by Floweredsky

This month, we are focusing on the birthstone of March, Aquamarine.

Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with each month.

March Birthstone: Aquamarine

Birthstone Color: Pale Blue

Alternative Birthstone: Bloodstone

Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March and the traditional anniversary gemstone for the sixth of marriage. Aquamarine is said to symbolize happiness and understanding.

Mystical Powers of the birthstone: Aquamarine has long been considered a lucky stone, especially by sailors, who carried it to keep them safe at sea. It is said to bring peace and calming to its owner, relieving stress and enhancing intuition. Crystal healers use aquamarine to harmonize diseased areas of the body. Aquamarine is said to symbolize happiness and understanding.

Main sources of Aquamarine: It is a relatively abundant gem, the largest deposits being in Brazil, but other sources of Aquamarine are in China, India, Australia, Africa, and the United States.

Interesting Facts: Definition of Aquamarine, the March birth stone: The word Aquamarine is derived from the Latin words "aqua marina" which means "sea water" which reflect the color of the crystals. A transparent, pale green variety of beryl, used as a gem. The Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl (beryllium aluminum silicate) family. Crystal structure of the Aquamarine, the March birth stone, is Hexagonal.

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