WHAT IS THE BIRTHSTONE FOR MARCH?
The third month of the year, and third in our blog series of birthstones. March features the Aquamarine as it's birthstone, read on as we explore the properties and history of the precious gemstone Aquamarine.
For those born in March, your Aquamarine has many lovely qualities, one of which is the clear sparkling blue, that's reminiscent of the sea in Summer. In fact the name aquamarine comes from the Latin word for "water" and "sea," It is often used in jewellery and is popular in a variety of cuts, including emerald and cushion cuts.
WHAT ARE THE PROPERTIES OF AQUAMARINE?
Aquamarine is a mineral that belongs to the beryl family. It is a form of beryl that is coloured blue to blue-green by iron, and is typically found in granite and mica schist. It has a hardness of 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale. Aquamarine is a transparent to translucent mineral, and it can be found in large and flawless crystals, which makes it suitable for cutting large gems.
In addition, Aquamarine is also known to be a heat-sensitive stone, and it should be handled with care when cleaning and repairing. The stone should be cleaned using warm water and mild detergent and should not be exposed to heat or harsh chemicals during cleaning.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF AQUAMARINE?
Aquamarine is also believed to have various metaphysical properties. It is said to have a soothing energy that can calm the mind, reduce stress and help with communication. It is also said to help with emotional balance and inner peace. It is also thought to be useful for those who work in water or have a connection to the sea.