Tuesday, February 27, 2007

March's Gemstone

tumbled aquamarine Tumbled Aquamarine Stones

Aquamarine, named by the Romans after it's resemblance to the sea. Aquamarine is a member of the beryl mineral family. Aquamarines vary in color from almost colorless pale blue to blue-green or teal of different intensities, caused by traces of iron. Naturally occurring deep blue stones are the most prized. Aquamarines are often heat treated to change a blue-green or teal colored stone to a pure blue. This results in a permanent color change. Women across the globe love it for its fine blue shades which can complement almost any skin or eye colour.

aquamarine cut and polishedPolished and Cut Aquamarine

Aquamarine as a gift.

  • The birthstone for March.
  • The birthstone for the zodiac sign Scorpio.
  • Suggested gem gift for 16 and 19 year wedding anniversaries.
  • It is the offical state gemstone of Colorado.

The color of Aquamarine.

  • The light blue of aquamarine brings feelings of sympathy, trust, harmony and friendship. The blue of aquamarine is a divine, eternal color because it is the color of the sky.
  • Aquamarine blue is also the colour of water with its life-giving force.

Aquamarine folklore for protection.

  • Safe voyage and protection against monsters and perils of the sea.
  • The source of power for soothsayers who use it to tell the future.
  • Wearing aquamarine, according to the old traditions, promises a happy marriage and is said to bring the woman who wears it joy and wealth into the bargain.

Aquamarine folklore for health.

  • Cures ailments of the stomache, liver, jaws ans throat.
  • It has also been recommended for toothaches.
  • During the Middle Ages, an effective antidote against poison.

aquamarine beading chips

Aquamarine Bead Chips

Other historical uses of Aquamarine.

  • Once used in eyeglasses in Germany to correct shortsightedness. The name for eyeglasses in germine is "brille" which comes from the mineral name "beryl". Aquamarine is a beryl.
  • Beads of aquamarine are found in ancient Egyptian mummy tombs. They were used as a tribute gemstone to the Gods of the Nether world for safe passage.

Links to beadwork with Aquamarine.


Kathy M. said...

Thanks for the nice comment that you left me about my wire jewelry. Much appreciated!
About your article on Aquamarines, I loved it. I've never had much interest in the stone, but it's my mother's birthstone and as she has aged, I wanted to make her something with her birthstone. I ended up making it with Swarovskis, but since then, I have investigated the stone at much more length. In fact, I just saw an article on the Travel Channel about the Aquamarine mines in the Blue Mountains in North Carolina. Very interesting. Keep up the information. It's hard to find interesting and reliable info on stones out there.
Thanks again, Kathy M.

LampworkDiva said...

Good, thorough information on aquamarine! Thanks!