Aquamarine 101

Aquamarine’s most valuable color is a dark blue to slightly greenish blue. Otherwise, aquamarine’s color range is very narrow. It can be blue, very slightly greenish blue, greenish blue, very strongly greenish blue, or greenish blue. The purer and more intense the blue color, the more valuable the stone. Aquamarine is most commonly seen as a light greenish blue. Brazil is the world’s leading source of gem-quality aquamarine for over 100 years. Afghanistan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Tanzania, and Zambia are all sources of aquamarine. Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and used to celebrate the 19th wedding anniversary.

Birthstone

March

Zodiac

Cancer

June 22–July 22

Anniversary

19th Wedding Anniversary

Aquamarine’s color is icy and refreshing and complements almost all the colors in your wardrobe including brights, pastels, and neutrals. It is named from the Latin words for “water of the sea,” aqua marina. The Greeks and the Romans believed the aquamarine or the sailor’s gem, ensured the safe and prosperous passage across stormy seas. The Sumerians, Egyptians, and Hebrews also admired and valued aquamarine greatly. It was the symbol of everlasting youth and happiness. A good luck charm for sailors; symbol of happiness and everlasting youth. It is believed that water containing an aquamarine will cure eye problems, hiccups, and shortness of breath. The wearer of Aquamarine has the power to conquer all wickedness.

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