March Birthstone: Aquamarine

march-birthstoneAquamarine is the blue to greenish blue variety of beryl. The name is derived from a Latin word meaning “seawater”. The people of the middle ages believed aquamarine had magical powers that would give them insight, foresight and the ability to conquer wickedness. It was also used as a cure for eye troubles, respiratory diseases and hiccups. Found primarily in Brazil, aquamarine is also mined in Madagascar and Africa. Aquamarine is commonly heated to eliminate green undertones. The typical size of aquamarine is a wide range from small to large, and stones are commonly seen in 10-3- carat sizes. Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and is designated for the 18th wedding anniversary.

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