While thinking of the birthstone for the month of March, Aquamarine, it led me to dream of warm tropical water and white sandy beaches… But why “white” sandy beaches? What about purple? Or maybe orange or even red! There are a variety of coloured beaches around the world that are worth visiting. Here are a few worth mentioning and “googling” for some spectacular images.
Rainbow Coloured Beach: located in Fort Bragg, California, this popular tourist attraction is a former city dump site. The multicoloured glass from bottles has been crushed and smoothed by the waves over the years, creating a rainbow coloured beach. Unfortunately, visitors to this beach have been taking “sea glass” by the bagful and bucketful, even if it is prohibited, so this beach is slowly disappearing.
Orange Coloured Beach in Ramla Bay in Gozo (Mediterranean) has a shoreline that is fiery orange, This colour is produced by minerals that are high in iron content. Orange beaches can also be found in Porto Covo, Portugal.
Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, California, has violet and purple striations in the sand, making it a huge attraction for countless photographers from around the world. The beach is located off the beaten path which makes its discovery even more magical. The colour is produced by manganese garnet that is washed down from the surrounding hillside.
The red colour of Cavendish Beach in Prince Edward Island is one of the most well-known and favorite beaches in Canada. The beach is located in the national park and the colour is caused by a high content of iron-oxide, which basically is rust.
Kowou in French Guiana has a green coloured beach. The provenance of this stunning colour is olivine crystals which erode out of lava flows. These crystals are typically heavier than sand and remain behind while the lighter sand particles are washed away by strong waves.
Visitors to Iceland are quickly enamored by Puffins, but besides these cute colourful birds, Iceland also has some unique black beaches. Vik is one of the popular destinations with sands originating from basalt lava. Storms and tides do tend to diminish these particular beaches that are not routinely replenished.
There are many more colours of beaches, such as pink, gray, brown and yes, white beaches. Clearwater Beach in Florida has soft, powdery sands that are the purest white anywhere in the state. These beaches contain small quartz particles from the Appalachian Mountains and Apalachicola River from 20,000 years ago. The results are soft, fluffy sand that makes walking bare feet a pure pleasure and unique experience.
The birthstone for the month of March is Aquamarine. It is a type of beryl that derives from hexagonal crystal structures in a variety of greenish-blue hues. These stones can be heated to a very high temperature in order to achieve the sought-after beautiful sky blue colour. Aquamarine is a stone of courage, with calming energies that reduce stress and quiet the mind. It is a stunning stone to look at and brings a sense of calm and peace.