Aquamarine Stone | Blue Green Variety of the Mineral Beryl
1. Aquamarine Birthstone for March
2. Megan Markle's Aquamarine Ring
3. Aquamarine Stone Healing Properties
4. Article Photos
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Aquamarine Birthstone for March
Aquamarine which is the modern birthstone for the month of March is the blue green variety of the mineral beryl. Light blue coloured gemstones are the most highly sought after but the vast majority are heat treated which enhances the colour. Blue topaz which is also frequently heated is often mistaken for aquamarine and without careful inspection it can be difficult to tell one from the other. One main difference is that aquamarine stones are considerably more expensive and large sizes are really quite rare.
Meghan Markle wore an aquamarine cocktail ring on her wedding day that once belonged to Diana Princess of Wales. Queen Elizabeth II has a Brazilian aquamarine tiara, necklace and earrings all of which feature large rectangular shaped stones set with diamonds. The necklace and earrings were given to her in 1953 by the president of Brazil as a gift to celebrate her coronation. In 1957 a tiara was designed to match the aquamarine necklace and earrings and a year later she received a bracelet and brooch to complete the set.
Aquamarine cocktail ring (click to enlarge)
The colour of the stone aquamarine is caused by impurities of iron within the mineral beryl. The name which means 'water of the sea' originates from Latin and the colour can vary from the deepest shades of green to the lightest of blue. Particularly popular as a gemstone aquamarine grades 7½ to 8 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness which makes it relatively easy to work with. Most of the world's finest aquamarine gemstones come from Brazil, Mozambique, Madagascar, Nigeria, Zambia, Angola and India.
Although aquamarine is best known as the birthstone for the month of March, bloodstone and jasper may be used as alternatives.
Aquamarine Stone Healing Properties
In ancient times sailors believed the mermaid's tail was pure aquamarine hence it was often carried as a talisman to bring luck and protection from the dangers of being at sea. The stone was often carved with images of Poseidon or Neptune (Greek/Roman Gods of the sea) and it was believed that placing aquamarine under your pillow would ensure sound sleep. Still believed to be in tune with the ocean, today when aquamarine is used for its healing properties it's said to provide soothing calmness whilst also having the ability to help alleviate phobias and fears. It's used to encourage creativity and self-expression and helps those burdened with great responsibility by bringing strength, wisdom and clarity of mind.
Aquamarine is a stone of strength and courage whose soothing energies help reduce stress. It brings peace, calmness and deep healing to mind, body and spirit. It connects to those who can be overly sensitive by increasing tolerance and reducing the urge to be judgemental.
The aquamarine crystal in our photo at the top of this page which is from Brazil is on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. Clicking the photo redirects to the original full size image. Photograph by Stone Mania ©. The second photo comes from an article in the magazine Elle regarding the aquamarine ring being worn by Megan Markle which once belonged to Princess Diana.