March's Birthstone Aquamarine: Fun Facts
Aquamarines are fascinating creations. Here are 13 aquamarine fun facts:
- Aquamarine gets its name from Latin "aqua marina" which means "sea water." It references the similarity of the gemstone’s color and clarity to that of the ocean.
- It’s not just Aquamarines name which links it to the sea. Historically, it was a particularly popular gemstone amongst sailors. When leaving on long voyages, sailors would take with them an aquamarine stone to protect them from seasickness and any unexpected accidents.
- Known as the birthstone for the month of March, this gem is also the wedding anniversary gemstone for the 19th year of marriage.
- Associated with the zodiac sign of Pisces and the planet Neptune.
- Aquamarines can range from pale blue or greenish blue to strong green-blues or deep blues.
- Like all gemstones, there is a variation in their color. For example, a crystal clear diamond is the regarded as the highest quality. The same goes for aquamarine, with sky blue considered the most valuable shade.
- This stone relaxes the senses and for this reason is often used in meditation.
- The most valuable aquamarines mines exist in Columbia and Brazil.
- In 1910, Brazil's largest ever aquamarine was found to weigh 243 pounds. It was then cut into smaller stones, yielding more than 200,000 carats.
- International Aquamarine hotspots also include Soviet Union, Madagascar (where a dark blue variety is found), the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and India.
- The most common type of cut for aquamarine is emerald, followed by oval and pear-shaped.
- Wearing aquamarine increases courage, happiness, intelligence, wisdom and youthfulness.
- The best way to clean your aquamarine jewelry is with plain, warm soapy water (using mild liquid soap) and an old toothbrush. Once you have washed the stone, make sure you rinse it off well with plain water. Be careful to use warm water instead of hot water, to reduce the dangers of thermal shock. Avoid sudden temperature changes, steaming and contact with cosmetics, hairspray, perfume or household chemicals.