Sunday, March 14, 2010

Aquamarine: March Birthstone

Joyeux Anniversaire!

If you were born in the month of March perhaps you are aware that your modern birthstone is Aquamarine, but you may not know that this gemstone has been historically linked with the ocean for centuries. The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin "aqua" meaning water and "mare" meaning sea. The first documented use of Aquamarine is around 480 to 300 BC by the Greeks. They believed that wearing an amulet of aquamarine would ensure the safe passage of boats through stormy waters and instill fearlessness in the sailors who wore the gem. Appropriately, Aquamarine, with its water-like blue-green hue, was labeled as the sailors' gem.

Clockwise from top: Diamond Trifoil Earrings by Kristin Pasternak Fine Jewelry; Khaki 3/4 Sleeve Jacket by Malene Birger; White Cotton-tweed Dress by Lela Rose; Umbrella by Moschino; Diamond Undulating Bangle by Kristin Pasternak Fine Jewelry; Granulation Bangle by Kristin Pasternak Fine Jewelry; The Style Strategy by Nina Garcia; Blue Partay Medium Python bag by Chloe; Nude Patent Ballet Flats by Alaïa; Patent Leather d'Orsay with Bow Detail Pump by Valentino; Large Linen Suitcase available on; Aquamarine Granulation Stacking Ring by Kristin Pasternak Fine Jewelry.

Today Aquamarine is known more for its beautiful color, ranging from pale blue to sea-green to teal, than for its lore. I hope you enjoy the Polyvore set that I've created, built around the popular March birthstone! Click here to learn more about the Aquamarine Granulation Stacking Ring included in this set.


PS - Can you tell that I'm in a traveling mood? Time to dust that passport off!

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