March - Aquamarine
The name Aquamarine is derived from the Latin words Aqua meaning 'water' and Marina meaning 'of the sea'. Looking like it has been plucked straight from the ocean, it's very easy to understand how this stone came to have its name. A blue variant of the Beryl family, other gemstones also from this mineral family include Emeralds and Morganites.
Aquamarines form in mineral rich pegmatitie rocks and trace amounts of iron within the rock is what gives the Aquamarine it's glassy blue colour. The intensity of the blue varies from stone to stone, starting from very light, almost transulcent blue to a dark, deep, rich blue. The darker the colour, the rarer and more valuable the stone.
Having a strong connection to the sea, it is said to be the Mermaids Stone and the legend goes that Aquamarines washed ashore after falling from a mermaids treasure chest. Sailors often wore Aquamarines as they believed it would protect them and ships were often decorated with the gemstone to encourage calm seas.
Brazil is the largest producer of Aquamarines but they are also found in Nigeria, Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Pakistan and Vietnam.
The birthstone for March, Aquamarines are known as a 'stone of courage' and give the wearer the ability to always be prepared. It is said to protect all those who travel by, over or near water.
Aquamarines are often given on a 19th Wedding Anniversary.