Thursday, March 1, 2012

Learn About Gemstones: Aquamarine

Aquamarine, from the Latin word for "sea water," is the modern March birthstone. It is the zodiac stone of Scorpio, and is a suggested gift for the 16th and 19th wedding anniversaries. Its color ranges from really pale blue to deep green-blue or teal. Today, aquamarine can be found in Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and Russia.

There are many myths and believes surrounding aquamarine. The stone has been the symbol of happiness, everlasting youth and young love in many different cultures. In Rome, it was an appropriate gift to a bride by her husband on the morning after their wedding day. The gem was also said to reawaken the love of married couples. Greeks and Romans also believed that aquamarine, the sailor's gem, protected its owner during stormy seas. According to folklore, aquamarine was also believed to treat anxiety, help with belching, yawning, cure ailments of the jaws, throat, stomach, and liver, and even reduce the effect of poisons.

Want to learn more about other gemstones? See a list of other posts here.

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