February 28, 2021: Stories in the Stones-Aquamarine, Birthstone of March & A Mermaid’s Treasure
Aquamarine, the birthstone for March, has been renowned throughout the ages for its beautiful icy blue color. Its name was derived from two latin words-aqua=water and marina from the sea. It’s luminous color brings to mind the clear, enticing water of the Caribbean Ocean. A member of the beryl family, Aquamarines are close relatives in chemical composition to both emeralds and morganite gemstones. It’s colors can range from a slight greenish tint to a beautiful transparent blue.
This association with water also relates to this month’s water sign of the Zodiac, Pisces.
Jewelry and protective amulets have been discovered from history dating as far back as 500 B.C., but in addition to its striking beauty, aquamarines have a long history of healing and mystical powers. Aquamarines are known as the “Stone of Courage and Protection”. In ancient times, aquamarines were believed to be a gift, given to sailors by mermaids, as protective amulets to keep them safe and sea-sickness free. Superstition had seafaring men keeping the gemstones under their pillows to guard against shipwrecks and the mesmerizing calls of the sirens.
Ancient Romans believed in the healing powers of aquamarines. The gemstones were reported to have the power to heal medical issues in the liver, stomach and throat along with the treatment of fluid retention and calming of the patient’s nerves.
During the Middle Ages, healers used the gemstone to lessen anxiety and as an antidote to poison. Aquamarines continue to be incorporated as a powerful tool to help with meditation, calming, cleansing and soothing the wearer. It also is perceived as a symbol of courage, faith and friendship.
We love the look of luminous aquamarines when paired with the shimmer of sterling silver and have created a series of earrings and necklaces. Simply type aquamarine into the search bar to see a mermaid worthy display.
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