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The birthstone for the third month is the gentle aquamarine… which I often confuse with turquoise since the color of aquamarines is usually described as turquoise. So, apologies in advance if you see me mixing them up elsewhere (such as on Facebook or Twitter).

Anyway, let’s take a closer look at the stone of the month, shall we?

Aquamarines are technically a blue (or turquoise) variety of the mineral beryl. (By the way, emeralds are actually green beryl—so, it’s basically all one happy family).

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Now, it should come as no surprise that the aquamarine has long been considered symbolic of the sea. It was once believed to protect sailors going on long voyages. Meanwhile, it’s serene color is said to cool flaring tempers and calm raging minds.

And yes, the soft tones of aquamarines are quite lovely: Blue, a pastel blue to be precise, with just a hint of green. This particular color combination is also quite valuable because it complements just about any kind of metal: yellow or white gold, rose gold, and even sterling silver and platinum.

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There are two ways to go when you’re looking for outfits to go with aquamarine jewelry. Deep blues, greys, or violet gives you a palette that really blends together perfectly with an aquamarine ring, necklace, or earrings. On the other hand, a bright yellow dress can really make those blue gemstones pop out.

Of course, if you need a third option, you never really go wrong with a classic black dress, right?

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