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This lovely blue stone is still one of my very favorites! A member of the beryl mineral family whose fellow beryl ‘siblings’ include emerald and morganite, aquamarine has been the modern birthstone for March since its adoption by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. Owing its pale greenish, blue color to the presence of a small proportion of oxide of iron, the aquamarine has been made into jewelry as early as the Roman Republic where examples of earrings, ring and cameos have been found.