Friday, March 5, 2010

Aquamarine / March Birthstone

March Birthstone: Aquamarine Birthstone Properties: Bestows courage, insight, and victory Alternative Birthstone: Bloodstone Aquamarine is the traditional birthstones for March. It is also the accepted anniversary gem for the 19th year of marriage.
Aquamarine is mined primarily in Brazil, Nigeria and Zambia. Water Baby Created by combining Latin words for water (aqua) and sea (mare), aquamarine does indeed resemble the bottomless blue of seawater. Like Emerald, aquamarine is a variety of beryl (a mineral that crystallizes within large rocks on the earth's crust). Aquamarine varies in color from blue-green to a light sky blue, and for generations, those stones containing green are often heat-treated to remove this less desirable color. Surprisingly, unlike other coveted gemstones, the majority of aquamarines are flawless.

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