Gem of the Month — March

Imagine taking a dip in a crystal blue mountain lake - the morning air crisp and expectant, the sky soaring high and cloudless overhead. This is the unique refreshment of Aquamarine.

The name literally means "ocean water" with tales of Aquamarine dating back o ancient seafaring days. Sailors of old believed that these glittering, watery gems came from the treasure chests of mermaids. It's no wonder then, that Aquamarine is said to bring good luck to all those who sail the seas. Aquamarine also promises love, health,and youthful energy to those who wear it.

Modern day etiqutte suggests Aquamarine as the gem choice to celebrate March birthdays and the 16th and 19th Anniversaries. Most Americans choose blue as a favorite color and Aquamarine's powdery hue is a perfect gem for blue lovers.

Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl family. A cousin to Emerald and Morganite, its color is more pure and its attributes less brittle than Emerald, making it a desirable gem for special occasion wear.

Scientific Qualities:

  • Gem Species: Beryl
  • Hardness - 7.5 - 8
  • Major Sources - Africa, South America
  • Qualities:
    -B: light color; included; good cut
    -A: medium to light color; slightly included; good cut
    -AA: medium color; eye clean; good cut
    -AAA: medium to dark color; eye clean; good cut
    Sources: Afghanistan, Africa, China, India,Pakistan, Russia, and South America

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