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Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. Aquamarine derives its name from the Latin meaning “seawater” and ideally is a clear sea blue colour, but can also range from colourless to a deep-sea blue. It is a close relative of the emerald, as they are both members of the beryl family of gems.
The leading producer of aquamarine is Brazil, with many mines spread throughout the country. Karur, India has recently become another of the biggest suppliers of Aquamarine. Other deposits of Aquamarine are sourced from Australia, as well as countries in Asia and Africa, and even in the US.
Aquamarine was worn to bring courage to the wearer, victory at war, and safety on the sea. It was also thought to bring happiness to marriages, rekindle love and provide oracles with the best means of forecasting the future.
The truly intense aquamarines of the past are very scarce, and therefore expensive. Most gems mined today are paler in hue. Many are carefully heat-treated to bring out the blue tones. Aquamarines are durable with no special care required in cleaning or handling them. Treat them as you would any of your fine jewellery.