Marches Birthtone

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The birthstone for March is aquamarine. The fresh pale blue colors with a very slight hint of green are reminiscent of tropical lagoons and, because of its hue, there many superstitions linked with the ocean and water. Aquamarine gets its name from the Latin for water “aqua” and “marina” meaning sea. These wonderful gemstones are mined in the USA in the states of Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho. The stones are also found and extracted from sources in Brazil, Madagascar and many African countries. Marches birthstone typically comes out of the ground a more greenish blue so is often heat treated to bring out the clear light blue color. However, when gems are found in their natural state that are already clear blue ,and do not need any heat…show more content…
Unfortunately, it was dropped by the finders and shattered unto three large pieces, two of which were sold to be cut down to make many smaller gems for jewelry. However, the largest piece was retained and as much of the gemstone as possible was saved and turned into an obelisk shape sculptor by German gem artist Bernd Munsteiner. The beautiful Dom Pedro Obelisk was named after Brazils first two emperors. Measuring 14 inches tall and weighing almost 5 pounds, it is the largest cut aquamarine in the word.The obelisk now resides in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History were it can be viewed by the public. So now you know the birthstone for March is aquamarine, you also have an idea of where it’s been found and mined. Let’s take a peek into some of the myths and legends that surround this mesmerizing and beautiful gem. As mentioned earlier many of the beliefs come from a connection to water such as, sailors wearing and using it for luck. Marches birthstone is also believed to alleviate travel sickness, especially at sea, as its influential powers become

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