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Ranging in color from light blue to blue-green, aquamarine is a versatile stone that works well in many projects. The birthstone for March, it is also closely associated with the throat chakra and is said to alleviate the fear of public speaking. It is a soothing, cleaning stone that inspires trust and truth. It was once used by sailors as a talisman of good luck because it was believed to be the treasure of mermaids.
Aquamarine beads work well with any metal, but they look especially nice with silver. These beautiful stones are amazing on their own, but they also look nice when paired with darker gems, like obsidian. If you are going for a lighter look, try pairing it with clear quartz.
If you are looking for lovely light blue gemstone beads, try natural blue chalcedony. They range from translucent to opaque and are rare occurrences in the quartz family. These stones have a light violet-blue hue that makes them highly desirable to jewelers and members of the metaphysical community alike. Natural blue chalcedony is a calming stone and is commonly used during meditation. It is associated with the throat chakra and is sometimes referred to as the Speaker’s Stone. It is said that the Roman orator Cicero wore one around his neck.
Because of their subdued color, natural blue chalcedony beads work well with any metal. Try silver if you are creating a subtle, delicate piece or black if you want more drama. This stone works well when paired with other light blue stones. For contrast, try combining it with darker stones like sapphire or tanzanite.
If you are looking for a truly unique blue stone, labradorite may be your best option. This gemstone tends to be gray or colorless on the outside, but on the inside, there is an incredible flash of blue or blue-green. There may also be yellow. Found in Labrador, Canada, it is said that this gemstone contains the Northern Lights. Labradorite is believed to protect against negativity and allow one’s magical abilities to surface.
Labradorite beads are lovely when paired with gold or silver. It’s best to let these gemstones shine on their own, though, rather than to try mixing and matching with other beads.