March’s birthstone is traditionally an Aquamarine. Its rich blue color reminds people of the sparkling waters of the sea. According to Greek legend they were also given by the god Neptune, to his most cherished servants, the mermaids.
Aquamarines have been revered for thousands of years. The Romans believed they were given as gifts to mermaids by Neptune, the God of the Sea. They also believed they helped protect you against seasickness. In more modern times they were believed to make you more intelligent and brave.Aquamarine is March Birthstone
The color of an aquamarine runs from mild green to blue-green and pale blue to a deep blue. When they are mined they are usually green, but their color can be permanently changed to blue through a heating process. The deeper richer color generally only occur in larger size stones, while the smaller stones are more pastel or have a clear hue of color.
Aquamarines are mined in Brazil, Columbia, India, Russia and the United states. Aquamarines, like emeralds, are a member of the beryl gemstone family. On the Mohs Hardness Scale the aquamarine has a hardness of 7.5 to 8.