Since you’re a die-hard Sparklr fan, you already know what a birthstone is. In case you need a little refresher (which means you skipped articles and you need to work on that), you can read everything about it here.
My mom celebrates her birthday in March, so I decided to do some research on her birthstone, Aquamarine. The word Aquamarine is made up of two Latin words: ‘aqua’ or water and ‘marina’, the sea. Makes sense since her Zodiac sign is Pisces. We’re off to a good start…
The ancient Romans believed that Neptune, god of the sea, had a special affiliation with aquamarine. Legend says Neptune obtained the stone when it fell out of the sirens' jewel box and washed up on shore. These beliefs helped further the notion that aquamarines were good luck charms for sailors, who used to carry them to ensure a safe journey through the seas. Some still associate aquamarine with safe travels, and since my mom loves to travel, I think it would be an appropriate gift.
Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from a greenish-blue to aé blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones, and darker blue stones are extremely valuable. My mother has plenty of blue and green stuff in her closet, and her eyes (love you mom!) have a beautiful aquamarine shade, so check and check! I know that the jewel would work perfectly with her daily look.
Furthermore, aquamarine is believed to cure heart, liver, and stomach diseases—it was believed that all one had to do was drink the water in which the gem had been soaking. Hmmm… it keeps getting better. My family pretty much made a verb of the word ‘aperitif’ (the drinking part), which later became one of the first words both my nieces (and one day likely my daughter) said. A little extra liver protection couldn’t hurt… I swear this sounds so much worse than it actually is! (The honesty was Inspired by one of my favorite mothers… Chrissy Teigen!)
But I digress, Aquamarines were thought to be the source of power for soothsayers (a person who can predict the future), called the ‘Magic Mirror’, stones used for telling fortunes and answering questions about the future. Again, very helpful for my mom as she can be rather indecisive, which is the understatement of the year (some people say she passed that on to me - NOT). So if this stone could help her with that in any way, I’m definitely going to buy her one…or shouldn’t I? I can’t really decide…
Just kidding! I’m definitely going to buy her one, I need some favorite child points. An Aquamarine birthstone jewel is a great gift to remind someone to be confident and courageous in all situations, which my mom has proven to be more than once! Happy Birthday mommy!