March Birthstone - Aquamarine
March - Aquamarine The name of the Aquamarine gemstone is derived from the Latin wordaqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. The dazzling greenish-blue color of the Aquamarine immediately brings to mind the wide sea or ocean. Aquamarines vary in color from deep blue to bluish-green. The intensities of its hue varies depending on the quantities of iron the beryl crystal and the color is more intense in larger stones. The deep blue Aquamarines are the most valuable but naturally occurring stones of this color are rare and expensive. The Aquamarine gemstone comes mainly from Brazil, but is also found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.
Throughout history, sailors venturing out to sea considered the Aquamarine sacred due to its obvious association with the sea. The stone was believed to promise a safe voyage and protect sailors from the perils of the sea. The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper. This timeless gemstone is a symbol of youth, hope, honesty and faithfulness.