“A March born shall always be Soothed by Aqua, gem of sea This mermaid’s treasured stone you wear Will bring happiness, love, affection and care.” Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March. Often used by sailors as a protection charm, the word Aquamarine is derived from the Latin “aqua marina” which means “sea water” and symbolises courage and faithfulness. Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl family, making it a close relation of the Emerald. However, unlike its striking cousin, Aquamarine is found in a wide range of colours ranging from a pale blue to a deep sea green, in fact the more intense the colour, the more value is put on the aquamarine. The most valuable Aquamarine stones are most commonly found in Brazil but they are also mined in African countries such as Mozambique and Nigeria. Aquamarine is said to be the treasure of mermaids, and is heavily associated with influences from the sea. Its spiritual properties are mainly related to courage, safe travel on water, tranquillity and inner peace. According to legend, Aquamarine was often worn by sailors to guarantee their safety on journeys overseas and to prevent seasickness, however, the Aquamarine is thought to have many other uses and has been used in healing since the Middle Ages where many believed that the stone would reduce the effect of poisons. More modern uses of Aquamarine include using it to overcome sore throats, swollen glands and thyroid problems. The tranquil properties of Aquamarine also make it common to be worn by those who have difficulty dealing with their anger or couples whose relationships may be in trouble. Though many choose to wear Aquamarine for its healing properties, it has become more and more popular to wear Aquamarine set in jewellery. Celebrities such as Freddie Prinze Jr. and Liza Minelli lead the way, and are amongst many others born in March that are under the protection of the Aquamarine. The tradition of giving birthstones as gifts dates back hundreds of years, if you want to carry on the tradition and are looking for a great gift for a loved one born in March, Aquamarine can be found in all different types of stunning jewellery. Aquamarine necklaces, brooches, rings and earrings are all extremely popular. In fact Aquamarine is the gemstone for the 19th Wedding Anniversary so why not choose a unique and special way to commemorate a couples years together by giving the tranquil properties of the Aquamarine. If you or someone you love was born under the Aquamarine this month we would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday!