Saturday, March 6, 2010

Happy Birthday March!

If you are born in the month of March,
You are one of the *LUCKY* ones
to have the amazing Aquamarine as your birthstone.

Rings L-R by Gabriella Kiss, Henrich + Denzel, Barbara Heinrich, Maria Beaulieu
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 Roman word "Aqua," meaning water, and "mare," meaning sea, this pale blue gem 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.

Above Jewelry by Barbara Heinrich
The Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family. Beryl is a mineral that crystallizes within large grained igneous rocks on the earth's crust. It varies in color from clear to vibrantly colored gemstones such as the Emerald. Beryl was used as far back as 2,000 years ago to correct vision, and it continues to be used today in the manufacture of eyeglasses. It is a very hard mineral, making the Aquamarine a durable gemstone for use in jewelry.

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