Aquamarine is the March birthstone. My birthstone.
I’ll admit it … as a kid and young woman, I wondered why turquoise wasn’t my birthstone ... really? I had my first turquoise dream at age 8. How about something with color? I am always surrounded by color. Aquamarine seemed so soft and whispery to me. “Soft and whispery” are about the total opposite of my personality. I am usually the person to get up on a table and shove my foot in my mouth, then flag everyone to make sure no one misses it.
But as I’ve learned that there is a real subtlety in communication -- I’ve also learned that there is a real strength in Aquamarine. No, it doesn’t announce itself as brassy or bright when it walks into the room. But if you take the time to look at an aquamarine … it is amazing. Look into a decent sized and quality blue aquamarine -- that you might not have seen in the big flashy display of jewelry -- it's really like a magic little holographic explosion of reflections that looks ever alive and moving and changing.
Aquamarine comes from the Latin, aqua Marinus, or “water of the sea”. You could say aquamarine is the universe’s solid embodiment of the sea. As you gaze deeply into a pretty aquamarine, you begin to see that it is full of mirrors and even colors -- like the glistening top of the ocean on a sunny day. I like the bigger stones -- even with occlusions -- so that I can see these infinite reflections. (They’re harder to see in the smaller cut gemstones). They flicker and reflect themselves indefinitely.
Because of its infinite reflections, Aquamarine is a stone of mystics and shamans. They believe that through infinite reflections we come to the truth, therefore the stone inspires truth. Truth is my north star … so maybe Aquamarine is a good choice for my birthstone after all.
Aquamarine is the blue variety of Beryl. Beryl family forms in other colors used as gems, such as green Emerald, yellow Heliodor and Golden Beryl, pink Morganite, Red Beryl or Bixbite, and the colorless variety, Goshenite.
To celebrate my birth month I've created the Aquabella Collection. A collection of rings and post earrings made with a variety of Aquamarines and Freshwater Mabe Pearls.
For a closer look click here!
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