Tuesday, 1 November 2016

March birthstone Aquamarine

Amethyst History/Lore

Aquamarine has been recognized and valued as a gemstone for thousands of years, and even appears in the Bible. The double reference to water in the name, which is a compound of the Latin words aqua, for water, and marina, "of the sea" suggests that the ancients connected the stone closely with water. In addition to appearing in settings with other, more precious gems, aquamarine was also highly valued by sailors, who considered it to be a lucky stone.According to sailing lore, aquamarine birthstone could ensure safe passage for sailors, and many wore the stone on their bodies or slept with an aquamarine under the pillow for peaceful sleep. Sailors also believed that mermaids had tails made of aquamarine. In addition to being the sailors' lucky stone, aquamarine is also the birthstone for March, and nineteenth anniversary wedding gifts traditionally include aquamarine in some cultures. In the Middle Ages, many people felt that the stone had health enhancing properties.

Birthstone Properties

Aquamarine is a stone of courage.  Its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind.  Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people.  It can invoke tolerance of others and overcomes judgmental thoughts, giving support to those overwhelmed by responsibility.  Clarifies perception, sharpens the intellect and clears confusion.  Useful for closure on all levels.  Promotes self-expression.  Soothes fears and increases sensitivity.  Sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance.  Wonderful for meditation.  Shields the aura and aligns the chakras.  Highly protective during pregnancy, it helps to guard both mother and baby from harm.  Discourages miscarriage. Aquamarine is helpful to sore throats, swollen glands and thyroid problems.  It regulates hormones and growth.  Boosts the immune system and alleviates overreactions, such as hay fever or allergies.  Counteracts short-or long-sightedness.

How Do I Care for my Garnet Jewelry?

The best way to clean your aquamarine jewelry is with plain, warm soapy water (using mild liquid soap) and an old tooth brush. Once you have washed the stone, make sure you rinse it off well with plain water. Be careful to use warm water instead of hot water, to reduce the dangers of thermal shock. Enzyme cleaners and detergent should be avoided for they can cause allergic reactions. It is also not advisable to clean aquamarine in an ultrasonic tank. Avoid sudden temperature c

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