|Aquamarine can typically be identified by its unique sea-blue colors. The word Aquamarine is derived from the Latin words "aqua marina" which means "sea water" reflecting the color of the crystals. Since early times, aquamarine has been believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage, and happiness. It is said to increase intelligence and make one youthful. Folklore also says the aquamarine will protect against gossip. As a healing stone, it is said to be effective as a treatment for anxiety. The aquamarine is the stone of sailors, assisting with a safe passage on the water. Aquamarine is the birthstone for March, and the zodiacal stone for Pisces. It is also suggested as the gemstone for a 19th wedding anniversary.
|Like seawater, aquamarine comes in light blue, dark blue, blue-green and green-blue color. The more saturated the color, the higher the value, although almost all aquamarine is typically a lighter blue tone. A deeply saturated blue is the most desirable color, but it is very rare in larger specimens.
|Aquamarine is available in both faceted and cabochon cuts. The most favored cut for Aquamarine is an emerald step-cut; the most common cuts are traditional shapes such as round, pear, oval and cushion.
|Brazil, Australia, Myanmar (Burma), China, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe, as well as in several U.S. locations.
|Should be immersed in jewelry cleaner or lukewarm soapy water and cleaned with a soft bristle brush. Protect from scratches and sharp blows.
|The Romans used the aquamarine for diseases of the stomach, and believed it could cure liver and throat troubles.