- Category: Gemstones by the Month
Aquamarine: March's gemstone
Aquamarine is a blue-green gemstone from South America. The name means “water of the Sea”. Therefore, aquamarine is the stone of sailors, who believe it protects them. Folklore says it’s the treasure of mermaids - and for aquamarine to be truly powerful, it must be bathed in sea water and sunlight.
The gemstone is also supposed to have powers that reach to land too, helping married couples solve their problems and drive off evil. Legend says that aquamarine protects against gossip, but will pick up spirits. It’s an excellent stone for meditation, bringing peace and serenity.
Aquamarine is associated with the thymus gland and is very soothing worn as a necklace. Helping coughs, fluid retention and calming nerves. The Romans used aquamarine for stomach troubles and believed it could cure liver and throat problems. Aquamarine brings courage, speeds intellectual response, and gives peace while protecting the aura.
Aquamarine ranges from a very light turquoise-blue to a bluish-green. Darker blue colours are the best, with greener being less valuable. Because aquamarine has a light pastel colour, it’s important that it’s free of flaws or inclusions - so when buying, check the clarity from all angles. Examine the cut for scratches and ensure light reflects evenly off the surface.
Aquamarine is usually heat treated and sometimes irradiated. However, it will naturally fade if left out in the sun. Clean aquamarine with warm soapy water and a soft bristle brush, and protect from scratches and sharp blows.