Monday, March 26, 2012

Aquamarine: The Mermaid's Stone

Aquamarine: The Mermaid’s Stone

by evashawdesigns

From the Latin words for “sea water”, legend holds that the captivating blue-green aquamarine was discovered in a mermaid’s treasure chest, thus earning it the distinctive title of the “sailors lucky stone”.
In the 14th century, poet William Langland wrote his famous piece, “William’s Vision of Piers Plowman”. Part theological allegory and part social satire, the poem names aquamarine as an antidote for poison. As a result, the demand for aquamarine jewelry spiked among European royalty throughout the following centuries.
It’s popularity continued, but morphed over time. While in the 19th century aquamarines with a clear greenish hue were in vogue, a bluer shade is preferred nowadays.  Currently, aquamarines are associated with insight, prophecy and happy marriage. Aquamarine is the birthstone for March

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