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The two birthstones of March

The two birthstones of March March has two birthstones – aquamarine and bloodstone. Aquamarine Aquamarines vary in colour from deep blue to blue-green of different strengths, caused by traces of iron. The aquamarine – also known as the “poor man’s diamond” – is a form of the mineral beryl that also includes other gemstones such as the emerald, morganite, and heliodor. Beryl consists of four elements: beryllium, aluminum, silicon, and oxygen. Beryl occurs as free six-sided crystals in rock veins unaffected by shock and weathering that otherwise destroy gem deposits. It is a relatively hard gem, ranking 7 ½ on the MOH’s scale. The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin aqua marinus, meaning "water of the sea," and refers to...

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