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If you can picture the cerulean blue waters of the Mediterranean, you will understand why the birthstone for March is named aquamarine. Derived from the Latin word “aqua,” meaning water, and “mare,” meaning sea, this pale, blue gem (a sister to the emerald) does indeed resemble the color of seawater. The ancient Romans believed that the aquamarine was sacred to Neptune, the god of the sea, having fallen from the jewel boxes of sirens and washed onto shore. Early sailors wore aquamarine talismans, engraved with the likeness of Neptune, as protection against dangers at sea.

Aquamarine varies in color from blue-green to a light sky blue, but gems containing green are often heat-treated to remove this color. The majority of aquamarines, unlike other gemstones, are flawless. It is a relatively abundant gem, the largest deposits being in Brazil – but other sources of aquamarine are in China, India, Australia, Africa and the United States.

Aquamarine is believed by some to enhance clarity of perception and eyesight, flow of creativity, inspiration, protection, courage, reduce fears and sharpen intuition. And ancient traditions say that wearing aquamarine brings a happy marriage – bringing the wearer joy and wealth!