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March Birthstone - Aquamarine!

History

Roman fishermen called the gemstone “water of the sea” and used it as protection, for safe travel by boat, and for luck in catching fish. Aquamarine was linked to the apostle St. Thomas who frequently travelled by boat. Roman physicians also used it to treat overeating and bloating.

The Sumerians, Egyptians, Hebrews, and Greeks all admired aquamarine gemstones. Beads were discovered with Egyptian mummies. And it was believed that the High Priest of the Second Temple wore aquamarine stones engraved with the six tribes of Israel. Two thousand years ago, people in Greece engraved designs into aquamarine stones, turning them into intaglios.

 

Present

The most famous contemporary example is the aquamarine parure worn by Queen Elizabeth II. The necklace was given to her by the Brazilian government as a coronation present, and she later had other pieces made to go along with it, including a stunning tiara, Brooch and many other pieces.

 

Caring for your Aquamarine

The best way to clean your Aquamarine stones is soapy water and a toothbrush. Leave the jewellery soak for 10-15mins, then give it a good scrub with your toothbrush. Wash off with clean water and dry. If deep cleaning is required we are able to ultrasonic SOME aquamarines. 

 

Origin: Brazil,  Nigeria
Colour: Aquamarine is a greenish blue to blue green
Known to offer: Relaxation
Myth: In ancient lore, Aquamarine was believed to be the treasure of mermaids and was used by sailors as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness, and protection. It was also considered a stone of eternal youth and happiness