Sunday, March 4, 2012

Aquamarine



The Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for March. This beautiful cousin of the Emerald is a very popular gemstone with modern jewelry designers. The color of Aquamarine can range from the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea. According to one legend the Aquamarine originated in the treasure chests of mermaids; and has been considered the lucky stone of sailors since ancient times. Its name comes from the Latin aqua (water) and mere (sea).


Most Aquamarines in circulation come from Brazil; but they can also be found in Nigeria, Zambia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The more intense the color, the more valuable the stone. The Aquamarine is a variety of beryl; and derives its color from iron. It has a good hardness (7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale) and wonderful shine. 


Aquamarine is a "stone of courage". It enhances intellectual ability and aids in learning. It provides shielding for the aura. It encourages the ability to "always be prepared".


The energy of the Aquamarine has a structured property, that helps to maintain order and balance; but at the same time, it has a free-flowing quality. It can aid those that are involved in spiritual development, as it provides emotional and intellectual stability and enhances the connection to the higher-self.


Aquamarine can help judgmental people to be more tolerant; and can help bring order to those overwhelmed by responsibility. It also helps one to take responsibility for ones actions and consequential circumstances.
Aquamarine Cluster Earrings with Mother of Pearl


Zodiac - Aries, Gemini, Scorpio, Aquarius, Pisces
Chakras - Throat Chakra
Birthstone - March
Anniversary - 19th
Metaphysical properties - cleansing, meditation, serenity, peace, prophecy, inspiration, tranquility, inner power and strength, soothing, calming, safe travel on water.

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