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March Gemstone

Mar 5, 2016

The Aquamarine
"A March born shall always be
Soothed by Aqua, gem of sea
This mermaid's treasured stone you wear
Will bring happiness, love, affection and care."

~~Victorian verse


Properties - For those who were born in the month of March the Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone. The March birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Aquamarine is associated - faithfulness, courage and friendship. The Traditional metaphysical Properties for Aquamarine are awareness, quick response and easing communication problems. The healing properties of the March birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to throat problems and stress-related illness.

Zodiac Sign - The twelve Zodiac signs are an astrological version of birthstones in addition to the twelve calendar months. The March birthstone of the Aquamarine is considered to be the birth stone for Pisces (The sign of the Fish) and relate to those born between February 20 and March 20. The Zodiac sign of Pisces also responds to Amethyst, Ruby, Bloodstone and Jasper.

Where are Aquamarines found? - The popular March Birthstone of the Aquamarine is found in the following countries:  Brazil, Nigeria, Zambia, Madagascar and the Ukraine.

Color - The traditional color associated with the Aquamarine is a transparent blue or sea-green. The most admired aquamarine color is sky-blue. This gemstone was strongly favored as a popular gem in jewelry. The meaning of colors through the ages represented many aspects of life. Social, religious, biblical and Christian symbolism were all reflected in the color blue! The symbolic meaning of the color blue has a Biblical meaning symbolizing heavenly grace.

Definition of Aquamarine - The word Aquamarine is derived from the Latin words "aqua marina" which means "sea water" which reflect the color of the crystals. A transparent, pale green variety of beryl, used as a gem. The Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl (beryllium aluminum silicate) family. Crystal structure of the Aquamarine, the March birth stone, is Hexagonal.

History - For those who were born in the month of March the Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone. The history, myths, legends and folklore surrounding the magical properties of different birthstones have been handed down through the ages and from different civilizations.

The double reference to blue in the name of this stone is no accident. Because of its lovely blue color aquamarine is most often associated with the sea. Because of this many of the myths and legends associated with the stone have to do with water. The ancient Greeks believed that aquamarine could protect sailors from disasters at sea. Archaeologists often find the stone carved into small statues of the god Poseidon but there is much evidence that through the ages sailors of many cultures and time periods wore aquamarine or slept with it under their pillow.

The Greeks were not the only culture to prize aquamarine for their sailors. In Thailand it was believed that wearing the stone could not only keep seasickness from over taking you but that it could save you from drowning. Some stories, which began in ancient Babylon and spread across what it now the Middle East and Europe, associate aquamarine with mermaids. In some tales the stone is a particular treasure for the fishy maidens. In other stories the mermaid’s tails either create or are made of aquamarine.

Ancient doctors believed that a tonic created by dropping a piece of aquamarine into a cup of water could reverse the ill effects of poison. The stone was also thought to be particularly potent against ailments of the throat, stomach, and liver. Since earliest times the stone was thought to sooth anxiety when worn.

In New Age traditions aquamarine symbolizes security and safety, which makes it a popular gift for loved ones. It is supposed to be soothing to sensitive people and promote non-judgmental interactions and peace.

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