We are almost half way through March and it feels as if the optimism we had at the beginning of 2020 has taken a beating. The budget speech, Covid 19, loadshedding, the list just seems to grow longer every day!
Elizabeth Taylor said: “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together”. We would like to add “Get out your aquamarine jewellery and wear it!”
Aquamarine is said to calm the nerves, restore order and give courage. Even though it is the birthstone for March, we are sure the lucky ones born in this month will not mind sharing their beautiful stone with the rest of us.
This beautiful blue stone derives its name from Latin (aqua marina for “sea water”) and belongs to the beryl family. Its cousins are, amongst others, emerald and morganite.
Ancient sailors took it with them on voyages as it was believed to protect them on their journey in unchartered waters. Archeologists have found aquamarine in many Egyptian tombs and the Greeks used it in their art as long as two thousand years ago.
Today aquamarine is used in many types of jewellery. From spiritual pendants and bracelets to engagement and cocktail rings, statement earrings and humble studs. It is a durable stone (7.5 – 8 on Moh’s scale of hardness) and will wear well in any type of jewellery you choose.