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Aquamarine is a beautiful semi-precious gemstone that has been treasured throughout history.

Its name originated from the Latin words “aqua” and “marina,” which mean “water” and “of the sea,” respectively. This name is fitting, as the stone’s light blue colour (sometimes found in bluish-green shades as well) is reminiscent of the ocean on a clear day.

Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family of minerals. (Emerald and Morganite also belong to this family.) It is found in many parts of the world, including Brazil, Madagascar, and the United States. In this blog post, we’re going to learn the history, physical properties, healing properties, and uses of this fascinating gemstone. 

FUN FACT: Aquamarine is the official semi-precious birthstone for March and is most beneficial for those born under the Pisces Star Sign (Feb 20 – Mar 20) But is also relevant to the Scorpio, Aquarius & Libra Star Signs.

It is also the traditional semi-precious gemstone gift for someone who is celebrating their 19th wedding anniversary.

The History of Aquamarine

Aquamarine has been cherished for thousands of years. In ancient times, The Greeks and Romans believed that the stone had the power to calm the waves and protect sailors at sea. Aquamarine has even been discovered in Ancient Egyptian tombs, buried right beside some of the mummies!

Ancient Roman Doctors used to use Aquamarine to address such ailments as overeating & bloating. They also believed that it could protect against poisoning and cure ailments of the throat and stomach.

2000 years ago, Ancient Greeks etched aquamarine with all sorts of interesting designs, such as portraits of family members and other powerful members of society. These carved pieces of art are referred to as intaglios.

In the Middle Ages, Aquamarine was thought to have the power to dispel dark thoughts and promote happiness. It was also believed to bring good luck to its wearer. 

In modern times, Aquamarine has become a popular gemstone for jewelry, especially for those born in March, as it is the birthstone for that month.

The Physical Properties of Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a type of beryl, which is a mineral that contains beryllium, aluminum, and silicon. Its chemical formula is Be3Al2(SiO3)6. The stone’s colour can range from pale blue to deep blue-green.

The intensity of the colour really depends on the amount of iron that is present in the crystal structure. The stone has a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, which makes it durable enough for everyday wear. Aquamarine is also relatively transparent, which allows light to pass through it easily.

The Meaning & Healing Properties of Aquamarine

Aquamarine is believed to have a lot of different healing properties. It is known for its ability to clear the mind, to balance the emotions and help with your creativity.

It enhances courage and helps you speak the truth.

You will feel very confident if you use this stunning gemstone, especially during times when you must voice your opinion.

Aquamarine encourages empaths & psychics to release the fear of being judged.

It is also thought to cast a highly protective energy around a pregnancy, shielding both mother & child.

In addition, Aquamarine is believed to have a soothing effect on the throat and to be helpful for those who suffer from allergies or respiratory problems. 

Aquamarine is thought to protect people who travel by, near or over water.

How Aquamarine is Used

Aquamarine is primarily used in jewelry, including rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. The stone’s light blue colour makes it a popular choice for both vintage and modern designs.

The stone is often cut in a variety of shapes, including round, oval, pear, and emerald cut.

Aquamarine is also used in crystal healing and meditation practices. The stone is said to encourage calmness and mental clarity, which makes it a popular choice for those who practice mindfulness and meditation.

In addition, aquamarine is sometimes used in feng shui practices to entice balance and harmony in the home.

Some of Aquamarine’s Health Benefits Include…

(FYI, this is in no way intended to replace medication &/or the care of a licensed healthcare professional)

  • Eases allergies
  • Helps with depression
  • Aids the immune & lymphatic systems
  • Soothes Nausea
  • Beneficial for your eyes, liver, kidneys and spleen

5 Interesting Facts About Aquamarine…

1. The largest gem-quality aquamarine ever found was discovered in Brazil in 1910 and weighed over 200 pounds!

2. To encourage a deeper colour, Aquamarine is often heat treated.

3. Throughout history, Aquamarine has beenused as a talisman of courage and protection for sailors. Believed to calm the seas and ensure safe voyages, sailors often carried Aquamarine gemstones to safeguard against storms and mishaps during their maritime journeys.

4. Aquamarine is connected to the Throat Chakra.

5. With Aquamarine, the deeper the hue of blue that has been naturally found, the more expensive it is.

Where to Buy Aquamarine Jewelry

Aquamarine jewelry is widely available at jewelry stores and online retailers. It can come in a variety of styles and price points, from simple stud earrings to elaborate necklaces and bracelets.         

You can also buy Aquamarine jewelry from local artisans at craft fairs and such, but you’ll have to be on the lookout for fake Aquamarine.

How to Identify Imitation Aquamarine

Imitation aquamarine is often made from glass or other materials that are much cheaper than genuine aquamarine.

One way to identify imitation aquamarine is to look for bubbles or other imperfections inside the stone. Another way is to examine the colour closely, as imitation aquamarine may have a more uniform colour than natural aquamarine.

Additionally, imitation aquamarine may have a lower level of transparency or clarity compared to the real gemstone. Finally, if the price seems too good to be true, it may be a sign that the stone is an imitation.

How to Care for Aquamarine Jewelry

Aquamarine is a somewhat hard and durable gemstone, but unfortunately, it can still be damaged if not cared for properly.

To keep your jewelry looking its best, avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals or temperatures. Clean it with a soft cloth often and store it in a soft pouch (I like to use a small organza pouch because it’s breathable) or jewelry box when not in use. For more details, try reading The 5 Best Ways to Take Care of Your Gemstone Bracelets & The Essential Guide to Cleansing Your Gemstone Bracelets.

Frequently Asked Questions about Aquamarine

Q: What is Aquamarine?

A: Aquamarine is a semi-precious gemstone that belongs to the Beryl family. The presence of iron in the crystal’s structure dictates its blue-green colour.

Q: What is the meaning of Aquamarine?

A: Aquamarine is said to have a range of healing and spiritual properties. It is often associated with calming energy, communication, and self-expression. In some cultures, it is also thought to be a symbol of love and fidelity.

Q: Can I wash my Aquamarine gemstone bracelet in water?

A: Yes, but only very briefly. Do not submerge your bracelet in water for long periods of time as it might have adverse reactions with the integrity of the stone.

Q: How is Aquamarine formed?

A: Aquamarine is formed when the heat and pressure of the earths crust combine. It is typically found in granite or pegmatite deposits and can be mined in countries such as Brazil, Madagascar, and Nigeria.

Q: What is the birthstone for March?

A: Aquamarine is the birthstone for March, making it a popular choice for jewelry gifts for those born in that month. It is also sometimes used as a traditional gift for 19th wedding anniversaries.

In conclusion, Aquamarine is more than just a gemstone; it’s a steadfast ally that weaves a tale of courage, beauty, and resilience. In moments of adversity, when courage becomes the beacon guiding us through tough times, Aquamarine emerges as a remarkable companion, offering solace and strength to weather life’s storms.

This captivating gemstone transcends its aesthetic appeal with a rich history steeped in lore and a treasure trove of healing properties. As you delve into the narrative of Aquamarine, its significance becomes profound, a symbol not just of beauty but of the unwavering strength that lies within its depths.

Aquamarine’s serene, light blue hue serves as a visual metaphor for the ocean’s vastness, evoking a sense of tranquillity and calmness. This intrinsic connection to the sea renders it an exquisite choice for jewelry and decorative items, each piece carrying with it the essence of the ocean’s soothing embrace.

Whether you’re drawn to Aquamarine for its mesmerizing beauty or its reputed healing properties, the gemstone becomes a source of inspiration and captivation. Its allure is not confined to just jewelry but extends to a deeper connection with oneself, drawing on the strength and serenity embodied by this extraordinary gem.

With its timeless charm, Aquamarine is more than a gemstone; it’s a storyteller, a healer, and a beacon of courage. As you invite Aquamarine into your life, be it for its aesthetic brilliance or its metaphysical attributes, you embark on a journey where the gemstone captivates not only your senses but also becomes a source of inspiration that resonates through the chapters of your personal story.

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