With a reputation for protecting ones well-being the magnificent aquamarine is the birthstone for March. Evoking colours of the sea ranging from deep green-blue to light, slightly greenish blues, aquamarines are often as clear as water, symbolising purity of soul and spirit. Beryl was thought to make the wearer unconquerable, amiable and to quicken the intellect. It is also believed to bring happiness in marriage. Aquamarine is found throughout Africa in Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia along with sources in the United States, China, Pakistan, Myanmar, Russia and the Ukraine just to name a few. Possibly the most important source of Aquamarine is the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais supplying the majority of the world market over the last 100 years.
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Aquamarine ranges from 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale of hardness making them a durable everyday stone. It is recommended you get a professional clean and check at least annually to assess for any general wear and tear. For general care at home it is recommended to use a soft toothbrush with warm soapy water and like all precious and semi-precious stones it’s important to be careful when storing not to let stones run against each other to avoid scratching. Whether you’re shopping for the March birthstone, or a gemstone to celebrate your 19th wedding anniversary, be sure to check out our beautiful range of aquamarines.