March is here! Look out March madness month, aka bracket month, also known as one of the least productive months for men in the evening when basketball is on! March is also St. Patty’s month where they turn the Chicago River green and some livers turn brown. Day-light savings times begins and we don’t have to go home from work in the dark for a while! We also have Easter to celebrate and maybe even a college or kid’s spring break to fit it!
March also boasts one of the most glorious birthstones in my opinion…aquamarine or it’s less formal name, aqua!
Aquamarine is named from a Latin phrase meaning “water of the sea”. It ranges from pale blue, to deep blue, to pale green, and the deeper the blue the more valuable the gem. It is a member of the beryl family with a relatively decent hardness (7.5 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness). It looks glorious both cut in a faceted design like the ring below and in it’s rough state like the earrings.
Aquamarine also has some interesting folklore behind its beautiful face. It is said to increase youthfulness, intelligence, foresight, courage, and happiness. Yes, please to all of those!!!
I also adore aqua in fashion. It is a refreshing splash of color, looks beautiful on all skin tones, and complements other colors nicely. Check out a few of these spring time favorites.
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Happy Birthday to our March readers and here is a special blessing to honor your special day (credit: http://www.drsdesigns.com/march-birthday-greeting)!