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Derived from the Latin for 'sea water', aquamarine is the legendary treasure of mermaids and was believed to be a particularly strong charm when immersed in water.
During the Middle Ages, aquamarine worn as a talisman, aquamarine was believed to cure laziness, quicken the intellect and provide courage. It was thought to contain the power of the sea and so was dedicated to a number of sea goddesses, including the Greek love goddess, Aphrodite, whose name means “born of the foam”. Sailors used it as an amulet to keep them safe from storms and bring them securely home.
The biggest aquamarine ever mined was found at the city of Marambaia, Minas Gerais. It weighed over 110 kg, and its dimensions were 48.5 cm long and 42 cm in diameter.
Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March. It is also the symbolic gemstone for the 19th wedding anniversary.
Clean your aquamarine in ultrasonic jewelry cleaner or with warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush. Do not clean in a home ultrasonic machine. As with all gemstones, care should be taken to protect it from scratches and sharp blows. Aquamarine often becomes paler if left out in the sun.