March's Birthstone - Aquamarine
The gemstone associated with the month of March, Aquamarine is a stone that cools, soothes and enhances communication.
For women, Aquamarine gives courage and clarity, enhancing intuition and for men, it dispels emotional numbness and helps express feelings.
Aquamarine facilitates cooling - from temper and anger to hot flushes, and because it's linked to the throat Chakra, it facilitates communication of the higher truth.
Wearing Aquamarine will help keep you calm and relieve stress. In addition, its cooling effect will help relieve frustration and calm a quick temper.
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With its name derived from the Latin Aqua Marina, it's literally 'Water of the Sea', so you get an instant impression of the colour of March's Birthstone, and it also gives you an idea of its properties; just like pouring water onto fire, it soothes, calms and quietens.
A relative of emerald, Aquamarine is a type of Beryl,
Be3Al2Si6O18 with a clear, sea-water blue-green colour. With a hardness on the Mohs Scale of 7.5-8, it cuts beautifully as a gemstone.
Associated Aquamarine Zodiac
There are two Zodiac signs which traverse March: Pisces which covers February - March and Aries from March - April.
Time period: 18 February – 20 March
Ruling planet: Neptune
Pisces is the twelfth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the Pisces constellation. The symbol of the fish is derived from the ichthyocentaurs, who aided Aphrodite when she was born from the sea.
Time period: 21 March – 19 April
Ruling planet: Mars
Aries is the first astrological sign in the Zodiac. The symbol of the ram is based on the Chrysomallus, the flying ram that provided the Golden Fleece sought by Jason and The Argonauts.
The History of Aquamarine
Prized by sailors for its protective qualities and also for its alleged ability to ward off sea sickness, ancient seafarers believed that Aquamarine was a gift from mermaids.
The Romans frequently used the Aquamarine in their jewellery, believing that it would help to reconcile enemies and also to bring victory in battle.
For lovers, Aquamarine was popular in the Middle Ages as its abilities to unlock feelings meant that it could spark new love and also rekindle old love - so the giving of a gift of an Aquamarine to help love on its way became popular.
Aquamarine Properties and Spiritual Attributes
Believed to protect against danger while travelling at sea, Aquamarine is valued by seafarers, It's also believed to provide energy and cured laziness.
As Aquamarine is linked to the throat, it has been attributed with the ability to cure sore throats and throat inflammation.
Spiritually, Aquamarine, being an element of Water, helps us to get in touch with subconscious feelings and emotions, bringing anyone who wears Aquamarine to a relaxed state of consciousness which will make you fully aware of your own wisdom and feelings and to be able to communicate them clearly and concisely.
The Value of Aquamarine
Aquamarines can fetch up to £450 per carat depending on colour and clarity, so they're an affordable gemstone.