- Natalie's Fine Jewelry -
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Sat 10am - 4pm
Closed - Sunday 

5654 Cortez Rd W. 
Bradenton, FL 34210 

March Birthstone

Traditionally, Aquamarine is the Birthstone for March

Aquamarine is the blue variety of beryl.

It gets its name from Latin, meaning "water from the sea".

Fine gemstones of aquamarine can be found in many different colors - from the palest blue-white

with just an overtone of blue, to a deep ocean blue. There is "something" about an aquamarine
gemstone that distinguishes it from sky blue topaz, blue zircon, or other similar gems. The
difference is hard to describe, but it is in how it "hits the eye"; we perceive it to be "watery". 

Now, I will have to admit myself, that, what I just wrote is about as unscientific a statement as I have
ever heard, or written. However, the fact remains that aquamarines have a "softer" look to it than
other gemstones of the same color, size, shape, and hue. One feature that distinguishes them from
similar gemstones, is their complete lack of any gray or violet overtones, and their incredible luster.

With a hardness factor of 7.5 to 8, on a scale from 1 to 10, aquamarine is greatly prized as a

durable gemstone. As a rule, the deeper, darker rich blue aquamarines are more costly than pale,
greenish ones, although large gem quality aquamarines in any color, are expensive.

(To my dismay, several of my clients have been told by other jewelers, that the palest, clearest

aquamarines were the most valuable ones. I had to get out my gemstone catalogs, and show them
the pricing structure to dispel that fabrication.)

Aquamarines are simply beautiful gemstones, no matter what color they are, as long as they

are well-cut, well-polished, and free of flaws.

Some beliefs about aquamarine, which we offer solely for interesting
trivia, and your general amusement, are:

* Wearing aquamarines will give you the power to conquer all wickedness.

(We should all be immersed in it.)

* If you drink water that has an aquamarine in it, your eye problems, hiccups, and shortness
of breath will be cured.

(Well, if the first one were true, that would eliminate all of our present optometrists,
opticians, and opthamologists.)

* When sailors wear it, they will avert any disasters at sea.

(Wouldn't THAT be great?)

* Aquamarines will bring the wearer everlasting youth.

(Now, that's one I will definitely have to investigate!)

* Motion sickness, water retention, fevers, and nervous disorders are relieved by aquamarines.

(VERY interesting idea!)

Aquamarine has a hardness factor of 7.5, on a scale from 1 to 10.

Crystals of aquamarine have been found that were up to 39"long - that figure might be obsolete

at any time. It can be found in many countries, world-wide. Aquamarine has been mined in Brazil, Russia, Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Australia, Tanzania, the U.S., China, Kenya, Burma,
and elsewhere.

Chemically speaking, it is beryllium aluminum silicate, Al2Be3(Si6O18). 

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