From Queen's tiaras to Megan Markle's ring
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Aquamarine is a beautiful light blue-green gemstone that reminds us of the ocean. Its name, by the way, means seawater in Latin. It is the birthstone for March. The aquamarines with the highest quality are from Brazil. It was there that in 1910, they found the biggest ever aquamarine, weighing over 100 kilos! But the blue-green stone can also come from the Soviet Union, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria and some parts of the United States.
There are many fascinating legends about aquamarine.
For the Egyptians and Sumerians, the gemstone was a symbol of everlasting youth and happiness. Because Aquamarine has the colour of the sea, the early Christians linked the gem to St Thomas, the Apostle who travelled by sea till India and other countries to spread the Good News of Salvation. The Romans believed that when you wore a blessed aquamarine, it would join lovers. At that time, it was the perfect gift for a groom to give to his new wife, as a token of commitment and fidelity for “as long as waters of the earth flow”.
The blue gemstone continued linked to love throughout history; in Medieval times, they said such stone would rekindle the romance in marriage. They also believed that an aquamarine cut in the shape of a crystal ball was the most effective fortune teller. The beautiful gemstone was said to cure everything, from laziness or a toothache to stomach and liver problems, it would bring you victory in legal battles or wars, and it would even have powers over nature; you could ask for rain if you needed it or the opposite, drought upon your enemies! It was a talisman of protection and good luck for sailors, who thought the gemstone was a treasure of mermaids.
The greenish blue aquamarine looks like the water of the sea and the sky reflected on it. Imagine how much serenity, soothing and calm energy can a stone that seems to hold the sea and Heaven in it, bring to you!
The beautiful gemstone has always been much appreciated and used in jewellery, in beautiful tiaras, rings, and necklaces. I guess now that Meghan Markle chose to wear to her wedding party, the stunning aquamarine cocktail ring that once belonged to Princess Diana, the stone will become even more popular than it already is.