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21 February 2017

March Birthstone: Aquamarine

By: Liz Allister

The month of March welcomes in many things, the first day of spring, the occasional Easter and most importantly the birthstone that is the fantastic aquamarine. To celebrate the sky-blue gemstone, here’s some facts that you might or might not have known about it...

Aquamarine is Sacred to Neptune

The Ancient Romans believed that the gemstone had a special affiliation to the god of the sea, Neptune. Legend says it fell into Neptune’s lap when it escaped out of the siren’s jewel box.

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It Was Believed to Protect Sailors at Sea

Because of the affiliation to Neptune, many sailors always wore aquamarine whenever they were on voyages on the big blue sea in the belief it would help bring them back home safely. It was also believed to increase youth, intelligence, foresight, courage and happiness.

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A lot of Aquamarine is Heat Treated Before it Hits The Market

Particularly when it’s in it’s light green form. By heating the gemstones, it brings out that beautiful, vibrant blue that we all know and love. Whilst the colour change is permanent the stone remains undamaged. Heat treated gemstones are always marked as such.

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Aquamarine is given as a 19th Anniversary Gift

There was never a traditional gift for a 19th anniversary gift. Modern gifts range from bronze to chilli pepper roses and the jewel gifts are either aquamarine or almandine garnet.

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The Largest Aquamarine Stone Was Found in Brazil in 1920

It weighed a cool 243 pounds and when it was cut into smaller stones it yielded over 200,000 carats.

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We love aquamarine and they make for stunning jewels when used in rings, necklaces and bracelets, and we hope you get something special to commemorate your wonderful birthstone.

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