March babies are lucky as they have one of the most beautiful birthstones, the aquamarine.
Aquamarine is a color variety of the mineral beryl and can be found on most continents. These gems are blue or slightly greenish-blue, and the finest specimens are clear “as water” and transparent.
Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater. Ancient Romans believed that aquamarine would protect against any dangers while traveling at sea, and that it provided energy and cured laziness.
The largest gem-quality aquamarine crystal ever mined was 19 inches long, found in Brazil in 1910.
The largest cut aquamarine gem is the Dom Pedro aquamarine, now housed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. It weighs in at just over 10,000 carats.
In addition to being the birthstone for March, aquamarine is also the gem of the 19th wedding anniversary.
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