March - Aquamarine
Just like the cool, crystal-clear seas around Orkney, aquamarines are the loveliest shade of blue.
Given their tranquil colouring, it’s no surprise to learn their name comes from the Latin words aqua, meaning water, and marina - the sea.
Roman fishermen believed aquamarines possessed protective powers and many seafarers since have regarded them as talismans. It’s also been said the gemstones – a variety of beryl, for the geologically minded – are mermaid treasures.
Living in an island community, surrounded by the wildest and most beautiful seas – possibly home to mermaids - who are we to disagree with any of that?