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Aquamarine: Meaning, Healing & Properties

Everything you need to know about Aquamarine.

IDENTIFICATION

Aquamarine is the blue to blue-green variety Beryl. Beryl also contains other gem varieties, including Emerald, and some lesser known varieties such as Morganite and Heliodor.

Aquamarine ranges in colour from a faint light blue to blue and bluish-green, with lighter coloured stones being the more common type.

Its chemical formula is Be3Al2Si6O18, and it measures 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale of hardness. 

The best quality stones are from Brazil, where crystals weighing several kilos have been found. Other places Aquamarine is found are the Soviet Union, Madagascar (where a dark blue variety is found), the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria.

 

Light blue Topaz is easily mistaken for Aquamarine. The colours of these two gems can be identical, and their physical properties are very similar. Topaz is generally less expensive, and some fraudulent dealers may sell their Topaz as Aquamarine. 

Aquamarine best combines with:

  • Blue Lace Agate: For effective cleansing of the Throat Chakra. Used together, they will gently open the Throat centre allowing you to express yourself more easily. 

  • Smoky QuartzCombined, these two crystals will bring you down to earth more rapidly.
  • Sodalite: When combined, they can be used for good health, love and luck. These two crystals will also help in improving the aura and promoting verbal expression. Encouraging intellectual development and clarity of thoughts.

  • Blue Calcite: These two crystals will work together to completely unlock your Throat Chakra. What’s more, it will allow you to communicate your deeper emotions with ease.

  • Element: Water
  • Planet: Neptune
  • Zodiac: Scorpio, Aries, Gemini, Pisces 
  • Birthstone: March
  • Chakras: Throat, Heart

HISTORY 

The seawater colour of aquamarine has given this gemstone its name as the name “aquamarine” is derived from the Latin word for seawater. The specific term “aquamarine” was apparently used in an important gemological work by Anselmus de Boodt in his Gemmarum et Lapidum Historiia,” published in 1609. Aquamarine is a valued gem of ancient lineage. In the 19th century, sea green varieties of the stone were the most popular, but today, the more blue the colour, the more valuable the stone. In 1910, the largest ever aquamarine was found in Brazil, weighing 243 pounds. It was then cut into smaller stones, yielding over 200,000 carats.

There are many myths and legends about the aquamarine stone. The Romans believed that if the figure of a frog were carved on an aquamarine, it served to reconcile enemies and make them friends. Another Roman legend stated that the stone absorbs the atmosphere of young love: “When blessed and worn, it joins in love, and does great things.” Aquamarine was also considered the most appropriate morning gift to give to a bride by her groom following the consummation of their marriage. The Greeks and the Romans knew the aquamarine as the sailor’s gem, ensuring the safe and prosperous passage across stormy seas. In Medieval times, the stone was thought to reawaken the love of married couples. It was also believed to render soldiers invincible.

SPIRITUAL ATTRIBUTES

Aquamarine can be used as a gateway crystal to the Divine Feminine, both within the self and in Her outer manifestations.

Aquamarine is a Seeker Energiser crystal. Seekers contain the crystal energy structure that aligns the natural energy of the crystal to the natural power of the human mind to find the way to new horizons and new capabilities. They’re pointers, directors, and compasses; the fresh start crystals. These are talismans of the scientist, the adventurer, the hunter, the wanderer, and the explorer. They’re also crystals of the student and the researcher.

Energiser crystals, such as Aquamarine, are powerful conduit crystals for focusing and amplifying the Universal Life Force and our energy to accomplish our goals. They aid in our efforts to gain what we seek, enhance our lives, protect what we value, and defend us from undesirable elements.

PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES 

Aquamarine is a stone of breath, the respiratory tract, and the lungs. It can heal sinus conditions and frequent coughing and is effective for hay fever and other chronic allergies. It relieves colds and bronchitis.

Aquamarine is a cooling stone; countering infections and useful for laryngitis, strep throat, or a sore throat. It harmonizes the pituitary and thyroid glands, regulating hormones and growth. It is beneficial for teeth and gum problems.

It supports the healing of inflammatory diseases of all kinds. It is soothing for eczema, hives, rosacea, and psoriasis. It may also help prevent outbreaks of herpes. Some skin diseases caused by allergies may be eased by Aquamarine and can complement the treatment for shingles.

Tired eyes and certain vision problems can be relieved if Aquamarine is placed on the eyelids for 20 minutes every night. Placed on the solar plexus, it will calm nervous spasms.

EMOTIONAL ATTRIBUTES

Aquamarine is a Water element stone, powerful for cleansing the emotional body and opening communication. Its gentle energy brings emotional patterns to the surface and assists in understanding the reason for holding onto old thoughts or patterns which limit forward motion. It also identifies where ego is causing one to overreact, assume a victim/abuser role, manipulate others, or martyr oneself. By consciously releasing these patterns, it allows for better relationships, love, and compassion.

Aquamarine helps balance excessive anger or fear. It can also assist in clearing past emotional, physical, or verbal abuse. It is an excellent stone for children who have been through traumatic situations and acting out aggressively or those who have disassociated from their emotional bodies. It heals the effects of over-judgmental parents who set impossible standards and panic attacks lingering from guilt and inadequacy into adulthood.

Aquamarine is useful for moving through transition and change. Its cleansing energy removes resistance and helps you overcome the fear of the unknown. It helps not only in the release of emotional baggage but also in the clearing of physical items and clutter.

Aquamarine is a stone of empowerment for men and women alike. It helps in the realisation that not all power comes from force. There is also power in aligning with the yielding, resilient vitality of life, and in promoting truthful and compassionate communication. It lends women the courage to express their inner knowledge, enhances their intuitive abilities, and helps dispel the emotional numbness and difficulty men sometimes experience in communicating their feelings.

ETHICAL SOURCING 

We source our aquamarine from Brazil. We have two Brazilian suppliers we purchase this material from. Both are family-run businesses that have a mining team and are very transparent about mining. Our tumble stones are polished through their in-house lapidary service where staff and equipment are thoroughly checked for safety measures and paid fairly. Both suppliers have had over 30 years of establishment. 

None of our suppliers works with children under age. It is illegal in most countries now to mine with children, the businesses we work with comply and are registered under the Ethical sourcing conduct.

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