Birthstone for March
Meaning “sea water,” aquamarine is the light green to blue variety of the mineral beryl. Its ocean hues come from traces of iron. Aquamarine is almost always found in cavities in pegmatites or in alluvial deposits, and forms larger and clearer crystals than its cousin, emerald. Vikings wore aquamarine for protection on their long sea voyages. Today, aquamarine is used to bring peace and calm to its user. Fine specimens of aquamarine are found in Afghanistan, Brazil, USA, and Pakistan.
A rare pink gem variety of beryl, morganite’s pale pink to orange-pink hue is due to traces of manganese. Mostly found in Brazil and the Congo region of West Africa, the finest morganite comes from Madagascar, and it was named after American financier and gem enthusiast J.P. Morgan. Metaphysically, morganite is said to cleanse the heart, opening it to unconditional love.