March is a month full of rebirth, good luck, and new adventures. Between the return of Spring (and all of the flowers, blooms, and longer days that come with it), St. Patrick’s Day (and all of the luck and green beer that comes with it), and Spring Break (with all of the...nevermind. It is probably best if we don’t imagine what happens on Spring Break), March is a wonderful month filled with opportunity. It is appropriate then that Aquamarine is the birthstone of such a transformative month.
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Aquamarine ranges from a pale blue green stone to a deep teal color. As one could probably ascertain from the name of the stone itself, its name is derived from the Latin words meaning “Water” and “Sea”. The stones were once worn by seafarers as a means to ward off seasickness and nausea (something that could potentially come in handy for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and Spring Break alike), and the stone was also rumored to give adventurers added courage, inner strength, and foresight. The stone was also told to reduce anxiety and increase intelligence.
Aquamarine is a resilient stone, rating at an 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness. In order to get the high gleam, the clarity, and the brilliant color that Aquamarine is best known for, the stone must be heated to incredibly high temperatures, resulting in permanent color and clarity transformations. This transformation usually removes some of the green from the stone, resulting in a pure blue finish.
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Often associated with the 16th and 19th wedding anniversary, Aquamarine was considered the en vogue gift of choice in the early 1900s, when the stone was first adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. The symbolic stone of Scorpio, one of the most independent and resourceful of all the star signs, Aquamarine is a stone for adventurers and freedom seekers everywhere.
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Aquamarine is the perfect stone for a month as filled with opportunity, excitement, and renewal as March is. Those who wear the stone feel a sense of eagerness and adventure that other stones simply don’t carry with them. Look into the pale blue stone and imagine escapades on the high seas, blooming blossoms on the trees, and all the possibility that comes in the month of March.