March Gemstone of the Month: Aquamarine

“EVERY BLONDE SHOULD GET ON SPEAKING TERMS WITH THE FAITHFUL AQUAMARINE. THERE IS NO PRETTIER COMBINATION THAN THE PALE BLUE OF THAT GEM AND THE GOLD OF THE NATURAL BLONDE. I SAY ‘NATURAL BLONDE,’ BUT IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE TO ME WHETHER THE BLONDE BE NATURAL OR INTENTIONAL, BECAUSE I AM EXPLOITING AQUAMARINES, NOT BLONDES.

– FROM THE BOOK “GOOD TASTE” BY CECIL CUNNINGHAM

I respectfully disagree with Miss Cunningham.  I am not now, nor will I ever be, a blonde, and aquamarines look just lovely on me when I wear them. Of course she wrote the book in 1916 when the height of fashion was a white woman with blonde hair, so apparently, she was a product of her time. Apparently, she didn’t take into consideration that the Ancient Greeks were probably the first to use aquamarine in jewelry and I don’t think many of them were natural blondes. Whatever the case, it teaches us to be very wary of fashion advice, be it from 1916 or 2018. Now that we’ve dealt with the aesthetics, let’s get to the metaphysics.

Aquamarine is the birthstone of March, a month of endings and beginnings, as Pisces (February 19-March 20) is the sign that ends the zodiac and Aries (March 21- April 19) is the one that begins it. Whenever the symbols for the beginning and the end are put next to each other, it means “eternity”. So it’s very fitting for Aquamarine to represent March, as it is a stone of eternal regeneration and illumination. After all, isn’t that what springtime is—the regeneration of nature and the illumination of the returning sun?

“IT’S THE BEST STONE TO HELP YOU SEE WHERE IN YOUR

LIFE YOU ARE BLOCKING TRUTH.”

Aquamarine basically means “water of the sea” and it’s the sea where scientists say all life on earth originated. So the sea generated physical life… and although Aquamarine was probably named because of its color, I can’t help but wonder if its energies of regeneration had something to do with it.  As for its energies of illumination, it’s the best stone to help you see where in your life you are blocking the truth. Because “once you name it, you can claim it”, keep a piece of Aquamarine close by when you are on a quest to uncover the truth—be it through journaling, meditating, or in conversation with another person.

For physical support, Aquamarine is looked to in helping heal the eyes, throat, and glands—especially the thyroid gland, which many women have trouble regulating and harmonizing. An Aquamarine necklace is a beautiful way to keep a piece of Aquamarine close to the thyroid. I believe we humans started wearing jewelry as a way of keeping healing crystals and minerals on our bodies in an attempt to gain maximum benefit of their healing power.

Aquamarine is a throat and third-eye chakra stone. It helps with speaking the truth no matter how difficult and heightening psychic ability no matter how much a disbeliever. Try placing a piece of Aquamarine on your throat to encourage self-expression and on your forehead to sharpen perception. In Medieval times, large pieces of polished Aquamarine were used for scrying—gazing into a crystal or other medium for visions of the future. So if you’re lucky enough to come across a large hunk (at least as big as your hand) for a reasonable price, look into having it polished by a professional lapidary so, like the goddess that is Stevie Nicks, you can have your very own crystal visions.

If you were born in March, you may be aware that your birthstone is the exquisite, ice-blue Aquamarine. This well-known gem, whose name originates from the Latin for seawater (‘aqua marina’), is a gorgeous choice for those who love to be reminded of the ocean. There’s more to like about this stone than just its appearance. It is believed to have mystical properties and has been historically revered for its symbolic and protective powers. Here’s a glimpse of some of the myths and magic of March’s beloved birthstone.

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Aquamarine is suitable for bead and faceted cuts. It is also used for carving art forms.

Fast facts: what is Aquamarine?

Aquamarine is a semi-precious member of the beryl gem group. It is graded according to its color, clarity, cut and carat weight (just like a diamond).

It’s the birthstone for the month of March and the wedding anniversary stone traditionally used to celebrate 19 years of marriage.

The aquamarine is linked to the zodiac sign of Pisces and the planet Neptune.

Renowned for its beautiful colour, this gem can be several varieties of blue, ranging from sea-green to sky blue, to teal. Its saturation can range from a light depth of color to deep, rich tones. Its intensity can range from pale to vivid.

Aquamarine: a quick history

This enigmatic and somewhat mysterious gem has made its mark on history in many ways. It has been adored for its healing and protecting properties,  as well as its beauty, for centuries.

Archaeologists have discovered remnants of aquamarine jewelry and amulets that can be dated back as far as 500 B.C.

Roman healers heralded aquamarine for its power to cure ailments of the stomach, liver, and throat, as well as its ability to reduce anxiety.

The stone’s association with the sea is not merely for its color. Sailors have worn this stone in protective amulets. They have believed that the calming blue gems are a “treasure” offered by mermaids to guard them against evil and to keep them safe.

In the Middle Ages, aquamarine was worn to calm nerves, as well as provide an antidote against poison.

21st-century aquamarine-lovers consider this gem to be a symbol of courage, friendship, and loyalty.

Why is it still so popular?

Its stunning blue-green hue fascinates people. It has both a  natural and precious appearance this is very attractive.

The stone can be used for artwork carvings, as well as for jewelry.

Due to its softness and malleability, aquamarine is a jewel that can be shaped and cut in many ways. It’s is well-loved by many contemporary jewelry designers.

It’s extremely durable. Aquamarine doesn’t need special care or cleaning on a regular basis.

It is linked to happiness, good fortune in marriage, courage, release of stress and protection against enemies!

Where does it come from?

The world’s most valuable aquamarines are found in Columbia and Brazil. They are also found in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. There are mines, however, all over the world that have managed to extract high-quality stones.

Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Nigeria and Madagascar

Afghanistan, Pakistan

Sri Lanka

Russia

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One final fast fact about this precious gem…

The Dom Pedro is the largest aquamarine ever cut, at a breath-taking 10,363 carats. It is on display at the Natural History Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.