Aquamarine, the birthstone of March, has a rich color and has long been a symbol of youth, health and hope. This gem is in the beryl family and has a hardness of 7.5-8. Its mesmerizing colors range from pale to deep blue and are reminiscent of the sea. The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. In ancient times, seamen carried this stone to protect them against the dangers of the sea. It also provided them with courage. To give courage for those who are uncomfortable with public speaking, Aquamarine is said to usher in feelings of self-love, calm, and to dispel nerves—the perfect cocktail for those on the shyer end of the spectrum. And though traveling with something so valuable can be a bit of a gamble, it should be noted that this gem also offers luck and protection particularly to those on the go. The serene, cool color of Aquamarine beautifully complements spring and summer wardrobes. Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones. It is mined mainly in Brazil but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, Mozambique, South Dakota and Colorado. Aquamarine clears the mind, balances emotions and strengthens personal power. Aquamarine connects with the Heart Chakra helping you to realize your innermost truth and promoting self-expression.