Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
The traditional birthstone for March is the beautiful Aquamarine, a transparent bluish member of the beryl family.
From the Latin for “water of the sea,” Aquamarine once was valued as a green stone; today, it’s traditionally heated to bring out the blue hues the public demands.
The best Aquamarines come from Brazil. Other sources include the Soviet Union, the U.S. (it’s Colorado’s state gem), Madagascar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, and India.
Aquamarine is a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness (1-10), making it fairly durable for use as jewelry, including rings, pendants, and earrings. It’s the typical birthstone for March.
Brazil in 1910 claims the largest Aquamarine ever found — a 243-lb. stone that was cut into smaller stones and yielded more than 200,000 carats.
Ancient peoples viewed Aquamarine as the treasure of mermaids; today, it still protects all who travel near water.
Aquamarine is associated with the apostle St. Thomas, who traveled the seas preaching the gospel. Roman doctors used it to treat overeating. Aquamarine beads were found in Egyptian mummy-pits; ancient Greeks used it for intaglios; and the shoulder stones of the High Priest of the Second Temple were said to be Aquamarines.
Emitting a gentle energy, Aquamarine fosters tolerance, negotiation, and natural justice. It’s believed to encourage a lover to return and is often given in eternity rings to boost fidelity.
Aquamarine has a rapport with sensitive people, clearing confusion, fostering self-expression, and soothing fears. It’s believed to be protective during pregnancy — for both mother and baby — and it lessens overreactions like allergies.
Metaphysical healers associate Aquamarine with the Throat Chakra, helping overcome the fear of speaking and boosting conviction in articulation.
Feng Shui experts see Aquamarine as water energy, yeilding yet strong. Traditionally associated with the north area of a room or home, water energy can enhance any room where you rest or meditate.
An excellent stone for meditating and quietening the mind, Aquamarine is useful for laryngitis, sinus conditions, allergies, sore throats, and gum problems. Ancients used it for fluid retention and eye diseases. Writers in the Middle Ages said Aquamarine was a popular oracle for fortune-telling as well as an antidote for poison.
Clean your Aquamarine with warm, soapy water; avoid harsh chemicals and ultrasonic cleaners. Aquamarine can fade in sunlight — you’ve been warned!
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!