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The Uses of Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a popular mineral made from Beryl. Beryl occurs commonly all over the world and depending on its attributes and color is called different names. While Aquamarine is known for its beautiful bluish green, hue, Beryl in a deep intense green is called Emerald and when it is yellow or yellow orange it is referred to as Heliodor. Even though Beryl is common mineral it does contain Beryllium a rare element.

For the most part, Aquamarine is generally used for ornamental jewelry. There are usually no industrial uses for this mineral. Aquamarine can be found throughout the world including North America, Russia, South America, India, Madagascar and Africa. Aquamarine was originally worn as a keepsake for sailors traveling the treacherous seas or as a way to keep harmony in the marriage.

Aquamarine is generally used in commercial jewelry today and is very popular in the months of March and October. Aquamarine is the birthstone of March and also considered an optional birthstone in October. You can also find demand for these stones from those that are interested in astrology. Pisces and Scorpios consider Aquamarine their astrological stone.

Because Aquamarine is a hard substance with a Moh’s scale rating of 7.5 to 8.0, it is a good stone to work with for jewelry. You can find many high quality jewelry pieces created with Aquamarine, including rings, earrings, charms, bracelets and brooches.

For those that prefer stones with mystical significance, many couples give this stone to one another to promote harmony, trust and to be faithful to one another.

Aquamarine - The History and Origins

Aquamarine is a very popular gemstone that is found in many parts of the world. Aquamarine is made from Beryl, this mineral is very common, however it should be noted that Aquamarine itself does possess minute quantities of a very rare substance and element Beryllium. Aquamarine is known throughout the world as having a gorgeous hue of bluish green. However it should be noted that the mineral itself, Beryl can come in many colors. For instance, when it is a very intense green, it is called Emerald, when pale yellow or yellowish orange it is often give the name Heliodor, it can even occur as being colorless, the name given to it in this case is Gosenite.

Aquamarine has been known to man since the beginning of written history and has been used by many sailors in ancient times to keep them safe when sailing the seas of the Adriatic, Mediterranean and other Seas. Because, it was a common mineral, it is said to have many uses, most dealing with the mystical or fantastical. For instance, for a sound night’s sleep, sailors would keep Aquamarine underneath their pillows. Aquamarine was also a way to ward off poison. Ancient sailors said that the mythical mermaid’s tail was made from Aquamarine.

Aquamarine comes from the Latin word meaning “Sea Water”. It was also used in medieval times to preserve love between a married couple and keep a husband and wife faithful. It is given as a gift as a birthstone in March, as well as for the astrological sign of Pisces and Scorpio.

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