Original Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March. The saltwater color of aquamarine has given this gemstone its name as the name “aquamarine” is consequent from the Latin word for seawater. The specific term “aquamarine” was actually used in a main gemological work by Anselmus de Boodt in his Gemmarum et Lapidum Historiia,” published in 1609. Aquamarine is a loved gem of ancient lineage. In the 19th century, sea green selections of the stone were the most popular, but today, the more blue the color, the more valuable the stone. In 1910, the largest ever aquamarine was found in Brazil, weighing 243 pounds. It was then cut into smaller stones, soft over 200,000 carats.
There are many traditions and legends about the aquamarine stone. The Romans believed that if the figure of a frog were fixed on an aquamarine, it served to reconcile enemies and make them friends. Another Roman legend stated that the stone engages the mesosphere of young love: “When blessed and worn, it joins in love, and does great things.” Aquamarine was also considered the most proper morning gift to give to a bride by her groom following the consummation of their marriage. The Greeks and the Romans knew the aquamarine as the sailor’s gem, confirming the safe and wealthy passage across stormy seas. In Medieval times, the stone was thought to recall the love of married couples. It was also thought to render soldiers unbeatable.
Writers of the middle Ages appealed aquamarine was the most standard and actual of the “oracle” crystals. When cut as a crystal ball, it was thought to be a superior stone for fortune telling. Many methods of using the stone as a divining tool were described in ancient literature. One method involved hanging a stone by a thread over a bowl of water, just touching the surface. The inner edge of the bowl was covered with the characters of the alphabet.