Gemstone spotlight — Aquamarine

Photo: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com

Photo: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com

The gemstone spotlight this month at Nan Lee Jewelry is the aquamarine. The name of the stone translated from latin aqua marina means "water of the sea" and the color is usually a beautiful light blue, but deeper shades are also found though rarer. The gemstone is a member of the beryl family and almost entirely free of inclusions in most cases. On the Mohs scale aquamarines are a good hardness of 7.5 - 8 which helps protect it from scratches.

If March is your birth month the Aquamarine is your birthstone and its meaning is associated with courage, loyalty and friendship.