Welcome, March—and its birthstone, the Aquamarine.
Though not an aquamarine, I admit, this vase is the closest (new) piece I have that resembles the March gemstone's vivid color. Aquamarine is a variant of the stone called Beryl (a family which also includes Emeralds). Although Beryl is naturally colorless, the "impurities" within imbue various colors to the gemstone—green, blue, yellow, white and red (the rarest). Aquamarines (and other Beryl variants) are mined in Brazil, Columbia, Sri Lanka, Africa & Madagascar, the Russian Urals, and in the American West. Once believed to be the "treasure of mermaids," they were carried by sailors as a good luck talisman. They are also considered the stone of eternal youth & happiness and are believed to bring soothing & clam to those who wear them.
The Art Deco vase above, made by Stangl in the 1930's, has two prominent "lop-eared" handles. It's Robin's Egg blue glaze is reminiscent of an intense aquamarine. Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.
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