Aquamarine Where Tranquility Meets Elegance

Aquamarine – The Birthstone for March

Aquamarine's Geological Properties

Class: Beryl family
Chemical formula: Be3Al2Si6O18
Crystal system: Hexagonal crystal system
Specific gravity: 2.67~2.90
Refractive index: 1.577~1.583
Dispersion: 0.014
Mohs hardness: 7.5~8
Colour: transparent or translucent, blue, sea blue, blue-green
Primary sources: Brazil, Russia, China, USA, India, Pakistan

Aquamarine, also known as "seawater sapphire," is a silicate mineral, a member of the beryl family, which is transparent with a blue, aquamarine or blue-green colour. The name aquamarine comes from two Latin words: aqua (water) and marine (oceanic), which directly translates to "water of the ocean."

The Legend of Aquamarine

The "Mermaid Gem" for peace
Legend has it that aquamarines are created from the essence of seawater. A group of mermaids live at the bottom of the ocean, and they decorate themselves with aquamarine as an accessory. When danger comes, they only need to expose the aquamarine to the sunlight to obtain the mysterious power and use it to help themselves out of trouble, hence the name "mermaid's gem".

Because of the inseparable relationship between aquamarine and "water", this gem has long been used as a talisman. For centuries, mariners believed that wearing an aquamarine would keep the seas calm and safe while sailing.

The "stone of love" that protects lovers
In ancient Greek mythology, there was a wind god named Roland, handsome and elegant but of very humble status. One day, he fell in love with a mortal woman, but the gods did not allow love between gods and humans. In order to be faithful to his love, Roland gave his life. Before he died, Roland begged Venus, the god of love, to seal his soul in the aquamarine to bless generations of people to find their love.

This is the reason that some people in Mediterranean countries love to wear aquamarine to have a sweet love and to maintain a happy marriage, which is why it is called the "stone of love."

Aquamarine's Healing Properties & Symbols

Throughout Western history, it has been widely believed that wearing an aquamarine gives one foresight.
In both the East and the West, water is considered the source of life, and March is when everything on Earth begins to awaken and become active. Therefore, aquamarine, with its "water" attribute, is defined as the birthstone of March, symbolizing calmness, courage, wisdom, happiness and longevity.
Legend has it that the aquamarine will make marriages happy and will help to resolve life's scary waves, which is why it is the 19th wedding anniversary stone.

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