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Aquamarine: The stunning blue birthstone of March

Aquamarine is commonly a blue variety of beryl and is the birthstone for the month of March. Literally meaning seawater, Aquamarine resembles a the palette of the blue sky or the bright luminous colour of the sea.

For centuries, this treasured gemstone has been a symbol of youth, hope, health and fidelity.

Said to embody eternal life, many believe that the stone has a calming influence on married couples, making it an ideal anniversary gift.

Beryl is a mineral composed of beryllium aluminium cyclosilicate and other varieties of the stone include the more common emerald.

Aquamarine occurs at most localities which yield ordinary beryl, with Sri Lanka, Brazil and Madagascar areas that yield significant amounts of the stone.

Aquamarines are found in a wide range of blues; from pale colours through to a greenish-blue to a deep color. The darker shades of blue are increasingly rare and in turn, make the value increase.