Scientific Information - Aquamarine is a sub-gemstone of the mineral Beryl. Aquamarine forms in magma as the magma cools. Beryl comes in many different colors, however, when there is iron present as the magma cools, the mineral takes on a blue-green color becoming Aquamarine.
Discovered by Man - The first documented discovery of aquamarine took place in 1723 in the Adun-Chalon mountains in Siberia. Deposits found at this site were rather abundant and it quickly became the primary site for mining it. The peak of production took place in 1796. Aquamarine is most often found in Russia, Brazil, the United States, Africa, Pakistan, and Siberia.
Legend and Lore - Many believe the soft and sometimes electrifying color of aquamarine is reminiscent of the ocean. The ancient Greeks thought that aquamarine could protect sailors from the unpredictable seas. March’s birthstone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages.
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Scientific Information - Amethyst is one of many forms of quartz. It's bright colors can be attributed to irradiation that the stone is exposed to during its development. The extreme hardness of quartz allows for amethyst to be used in various different kinds of jewelry.
Discovered by Man - Amethyst has been used in royal and religious jewelry for ages. Early Greeks associated the stone with Bacchus, the God of wine, due to it's color. The gemstone has been an integral symbol of many different cultures throughout history. Until the 19th century, Amethyst was on of the most rare and hard to find minerals, until a large deposit was discovered in South America.
Legend and Lore - The Greeks believed that Amethyst could prevent intoxication, while many Europeans thought that the gem would protect and heal. The gem is thought to bring prosperity and longevity into your home.
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