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Aquamarine

What is Aquamarine?

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and gets its name from 'sea water,' occurring in a variety of different shades of blue to greenish blue with the deeper colours more desirable.


Lore


Legends say that it is the treasure of mermaids with the power to keep sailors safe at sea, whilst many centuries ago aquamarine was thought to be good for debaters, useful for driving away enemies and would make the wearer well-mannered. Some also thought it would allow the wearer to foretell the future. Aquamarine is occasionally encountered in ancient jewellery but only became popular in the last few centuries. 


Where is Aquamarine found?


Aquamarine is found in many locations, but notable occurrences include Brazil, Kenya, Madagascar, Myanmar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Russia, USA, Vietnam and Pakistan.


Did you know? Santa Maria aquamarines


You may often hear the words "Santa Maria" when speaking about the 'best' aquamarines. Aquamarine occurs in many different places with subtle variations in colour, but some years ago a fantastic discovery of deeply saturated blue aquamarine was made at the Santa Maria de Itabira mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil. 

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