March Birthstone: Aquamarine
March's birthstone is aquamarine, a name derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. According to ancient gemstone lore, this beautiful, aquatic blue stone is believed to protect sailors on oceanic voyages. Wearing aquamarine jewelry is also thought to give you courage, clarity and empowerment. Aquamarine's is a calming, soothing stone and its healing energy is linked to the throat chakra, and is thought to help the wearer with communication and self-expression.
Aquamarine has a calming, soothing energy and can help one remain levelheaded in stressful situations...which could be very beneficial during this crazy election season! The understated, cool color also beautifully complements spring and summer fashions
Last January, I was an exhibitor at the American Made Show in Washington, D.C., so of course we had to make time to see the famous gem and mineral collection at the National Museum of Natural History. One of the most incredible gems we saw was The Dom Pedro, the largest faceted aquamarine crystal ever found (in Brazil).
In the early 1990s, German gem artist Bernd Musteiner spent four months studying the stunning, vivid blue aquamarine and six months cutting, faceting, and polishing it into a spectacular 10,363 carat obelisk that is 14 inches tall and 4 inches wide at the base. We only had a few hours at the museum, but I could've been there all day! Truly worth a visit for anyone interested in gemstones or geology.
Photo: Smithsonian Institution
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