Evoking the calm of the sea and the beauty of the cool blue sky, the aquamarine is one gemstone that never fails to fascinate. This gemstone, with its brilliant blue hue, is known to be a favorite of modern jewelry designers. Take a look at some of the interesting facts associated with the March birthstone.
1. The word ‘aquamarine’ is derived from the Latin phrase ‘aqua marina,’ meaning seawater.
2. It is believed that in the ancient times, sailors wore aquamarine stones to keep them safe at sea. Aquamarine is also said to be the treasured gemstone of mermaids.
3. The Romans believed that this gemstone helped cure liver, stomach and throat diseases.
4. A member of the beryl family of minerals, this gemstone is found in the US, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Malawi, Tanzania, Brazil, Colombia, Zambia, and Kenya.
5. Aquamarine has a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. This makes it tough and resistant to scratches.
6. It is the presence of iron that gives the gemstone its alluring hue. The more deep the color of the aquamarine, the more its value.
7. In addition to being the birthstone for those born in the month of March, aquamarine is also the anniversary gemstone for the 19th year of marriage.
8. Aquamarine is believed to have the power to increase intelligence, happiness and courage.
9. It is also regarded to be the ideal gem for married couples.
10. The largest aquamarine mined to date is named the Hirsch Aquamarine. Measuring 109.92 carats, this stone is free of color enhancements and heat treating.