The word aquamarine comes from the Latin word aquamarina which meant the "water of the sea." Given the incredibly beautiful and soothing blue-green color of the aquamarine, this name makes perfect sense.
For many centuries, aquamarine has been associated with tranquility and happiness. However, it's also been believed to sharpen the intellect and cure laziness. Clearly, aquamarine's qualities are considered to be incredibly diverse. This pretty stone was also thought to instill courage and be lucky to sailors.
On the Mohs scale, aquamarine is considered to have a hardness of between 7.5 and 8. In 1910, the largest gem-quality aquamarine found was mined in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The massive gemstone was 19 inches long, 17 inches in diameter, and weighed more than 200 pounds. Aquamarine is found in many different countries all over the world such as Colombia, Brazil, the United States, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Russia, South Africa, and Mozambique.
Some famous people who have aquamarine as their birthstone include Ron Howard, Celine Dion, Queen Latifah, James Taylor, and Alyson Hannigan.