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