Mesmerizing and firm, aquamarine is the green-blue to blue variety of the mineral beryl.
Resonating with the waters of the ocean and the sailors at sea, Aquamarine banishes fear and phobias leaving only courage and clarity. It is the traditional birthstone of those born in March. It is believed that aquamarine gives the wearer protection in battle and makes them unconquerable.
Physical and Metaphysical Properties of Aquamarine
Primary Chakra: Heart-Chakra
Secondary Chakra: Third-Eye-Chakra, Throat-Chakra, Thymus-Chakra
Crystal System: Hexagonal-Crystal-System
Chemical Composition: Al2Be3(Si6O18) Beryllium Aluminum Silicate
Astrological Sign: Aries, Gemini, Pisces
Numerical Vibration: Number-1
Hardness: 7.5 to 8-Hardness
Geography: Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia
Mineral Class: Silicates
Extra+ Grade: Beautiful blue, transparent, < 10% Matrix
Extra Grade: Beautiful blue, translucent, 10% - 25% Matrix
A Grade: Nice blue with little to no green/yellow, partially translucent, 25% - 50% Matrix
B Grade: Poor color (green or blue/green), 50% - 75% Matrix
C Grade: Poor color (green or blue/green), with >75% Matrix
History: The Legend and Lore of Aquamarine
Aquamarine is derived from the two Latin words aqua and marina which means water and of the sea respectively. It was believed to have originated from inside the treasure chests of mermaids and was regarded by the Greeks and Romans as the Sailor's Lucky Gem.
In the middle ages, gemstones were believed to reflect the cosmos and assigned aquamarine to Neptune. They also believed it to be a powerful fortune telling tool when modeled into a crystal ball.
According to folklore, aquamarine brings victory in battles and legal disputes. It was used in ceremonies to summon rain or bring forth drought on their enemies.
Uses and Purposes of Aquamarine
Aquamarine is ideal for jewelry thanks to its durability and level of hardness. The gem itself complements all skin tones which makes it popular among women.
Aiding in learning and providing clarity of thought, aquamarine makes an excellent crystal for students. It enhances one’s intellectual prowess to increase one’s problem solving and reasoning abilities.
The gemstone is said to improve one's well-being. Known as The Stone of Courage and Protection, It is believed to increase courage and motivation, promote safe travel when at sea, and provide protection against drowning. Modern healers believe that aquamarine aids in fluid retention and eye maintenance. It is also known as a cure for laziness or procrastination.
Aquamarine Healing Properties
Aquamarine helps heal throat-related illnesses such as thyroid and pituitary complications. It also helps alleviate allergies by calming the immune system and improve liver conditions.
Aquamarine helps overcome fear and worry, particularly the fear of judgment. It encourages tolerance by giving a glimpse of varying emotional situations from different perspectives, promote verbal self-expression and clears communication blocks.
It opens up the mind to understand the Divine Perfection of the Universe and enhance the experience of one's life. Aquamarine helps one reach their inner truth by utilizing the heart chakra, promoting growth. It calms the mind making it an ideal partner for meditation.