MARCH BIRTHSTONE: AQUAMARINE

YOUR PERSONALITY

Aquamarine symbolizes youth, love, and hope. If this is your birthstone, you are protective and love being around family combined with a spirited nature and adventurous soul that glitters with passion. It is said that wearing Aquamarine brings calmness and protection to the wearer.

Fun Fact: Aquamarine is the designated gemstone for the 19th wedding anniversary.

WHAT IS AQUAMARINE?

Aquamarine comes from the Latin word aqua marinus, meaning “water of the sea,”, and it was said to calm waves whilst keeping sailors safe at sea. The amazing birthstone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages. The best Aquamarines combine high clarity with limpid transparency and blue to slightly greenish blue hues. Like many beryls, Aquamarine forms large crystals suitable for sizable fashioned gems and carvings. The most famous gemstone in the beryl family is Emerald, with Aquamarine coming in second.

AQUAMARINE HARDNESS

With a hardness of 7.5–8 on the Mohs scale, this March birthstone is durable enough for everyday wear. Color: greenish blue, light in tone

Fun Fact: In Germany, thin aquamarine crystals are worn as eye glasses to correct shortsightedness

AQUAMARINE CARE AND CLEANING

Caring for the gem is easy. Use warm water, mild dish soap and a toothbrush to scrub behind the birthstone where dirt can collect. Ultrasonic cleaners and steam cleaning are usually safe options as long as there are no fractures or liquid inclusions in the gem.

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