I love Aquamarines, their Energy, their color and luster - March Birthstone
Aquamarines somehow have always appealed to me..... the perfect blue (sometimes referred to as Santa Maria Blue) is truly the most sought after aquamarine in the world. The Aquamarine color resembles the ocean that's where it got its name (In latin Aqua means Sea and Marine means water).
Aquamarine is considered the birthstone for month of March and used very often in Jewelry. Loose unmounted aquamarines look stunning in gold jewelry - be it rings, pendants or bracelets.
Its interesting to note that Aquas (short for Aquamarine in the trade) belong to the "Beryl Family" which is the same as Emerald. Although its slightly harder than Emerald as far as the Mohs scale is concerned. Its safe to call aquamarine a "Blue Beryl" also.
|The best aquamarines are found in Brazil although they are mined in Nigeria, Australia, Madagascar, Myanmar and Kenya as well.|
Interesting Facts about Aquamarines:
a) Aquamarine has been used as a healing stone on several occasions in the past and even used now to cure anxiety, stress and to give the wearer strength and ensure well-being. In the past although it was considered as a treasure and used to ensure safe journey for sailors/captains and on a ship and legend says that aquamarine used to be protection against black magic and evil eye.
b) In 2006, a movie starring Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts and Joanna Levesque was made with the name "Aquamarine" because the girls are depicted as Mermaids.
c) As per modern Astrology(including Indian astrology) aquamarine does not form a part of the NAV GRAHAS (nine planet stones) but in actuality it can do wonders. Technically speaking Emeralds and Aquamarines are the same stones. A Emerald Gemstone can be called a "Green Beryl" and Aquamarine a "Blue Beryl" and both have almost the same properties. Seek an advice of a astrologer/gemstone consultant if you want to wear it for astrological reasons. It will NOT have negative effects but to reap the maximum positive effects wearing in the middle finger or index finger can help in Silver or Solid Gold.
A Natural Santa Maria Blue Aquamarine from bellojewelsonline.com