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Birthstone Color: Pale Blue



If you can picture the cerulean blue waters of the Mediterranean, you will
understand why the birthstone for March is named Aquamarine.  Derived from the
Roman word "Aqua," meaning water, and "mare," meaning sea, this pale blue gem
does indeed resemble the color of seawater.  The ancient Romans believed that
the Aquamarine was sacred to Neptune, the god of the sea, having fallen from the
jewel boxes of sirens and washed onto shore.  Early sailors wore aquamarine
talismans, engraved with the likeness of Neptune, as protection against dangers at
sea.

The association with water led to the belief that the Aquamarine was particularly
powerful when immersed.  Water in which this gemstone had been submerged was
used in ancient times to heal a variety of illnesses of the heart, liver, stomach,
mouth and throat.  Aquamarines were also used to reverse poisoning and to aid in
fortune telling.

The Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family.  Beryl is a mineral that crystallizes
within large grained igneous rocks on the earth's crust.  It varies in color from clear
to vibrantly colored gemstones such as the Emerald.  Beryl was used as far back
as 2,000 years ago to correct vision, and it continues to be used today in the
manufacture of eyeglasses.  It is a very hard mineral, making the Aquamarine a
durable gemstone for use in jewelry.

Aquamarine varies in color from blue-green to a light sky blue, but gems
containing green are often heat-treated to remove this less desirable color.  The
majority of Aquamarines, unlike other gemstones, are flawless.  It is a relatively
abundant gem, the largest deposits being in Brazil, but other sources of
Aquamarine are in China, India, Australia, Africa, and the United States.

A gift of Aquamarine symbolizes both safety and security, especially within long
standing relationships.  Some people even say that the Aquamarine reawakens
love in a tired marriage, so if you want to bring back that spark in your partner's
eyes, you might consider this gem as an anniversary gift!

Alternate Birthstone
An alternate birthstone for March is Bloodstone, a dark green opaque quartz
flecked with red spots.  The name Bloodstone derives from the legendary belief
that the red coloration resulted from the blood of Christ spilling onto green jasper
during the crucifixion.  For this reason, too, the stone has been called "martyr's
stone."  Bloodstone is mined in India, Brazil, Uruguay, Australia, and the United
States.  Ideal for carving into cameos and beads, this stone symbolizes courage.  
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