The Meaning and history of Aquamarine
Aquamarine is the birthstone month of March
Aquamarine is the gemstone for the 16th and 19th anniversary of marriage
Meaning of Aquamarine
Aquamarine is the stone of courage with its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind. It harmonizes its surroundings and protects against pollutant. In ancient times it was believed to counteract the forces of darkness and procure favor from the spirits of light. It was carried by sailors as a talisman against drowning and a safe journey home.
Aquamarine has an infinity with sensitive people, it has the power to invoke tolerance of others. It overcomes judgmental and gives of support to anyone who is overwhelmed by responsibility, and encourages taking responsibility for oneself. It creates personality that is strong and upright, dynamic and persistent. It can break old, self- defeating programs which are imbedded in oneself!
Aquamarine calms the mind, removing extraneous thought. It filters information reaching to the brain and clarifies perception, sharpens the intellect and clears up confusion. With its ability to bring unfinished business to conclusion, Aquamarine is useful for closure on all levels. It clears blocked communication and promotes self-expression. This stone is helpful in understanding underlying emotional states and interpreting how you feel. It soothes fears and increases sensitivity.
Spiritually Aquamarine sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance. A wonderful gemstone for meditation as it invokes higher state of consciousness and spiritual awareness and encourages service to humanity.
Aquamarine Chakra Healing
Aquamarine shields the aura and aligns the chakras, clearing the throat chakra and bringing communication from higher plane. It also aligns the physical and spiritual bodies.
Aquamarine is useful for sore throats, swollen glands and thyroid problems. It harmonizes the pituitary and the thyroid, regulating hormones and growth. This stone has a general tonic effect. It strengthens the body’s cleansing organs and aids the eyes, jaw, teeth and stomach. It’s useful for counteracting short or long sightedness and calms overreactions of the immune system and autoimmune disease such as hay fever.
Myths of Aquamarine
There are many myths and legends about the aquamarine gemstone. 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.
According to legend, Neptune, the King of the Sea, gave aquamarine as gifts to the mermaids. From that moment on, it has brought love to all who have owned it.
History of Aquamarine
The seawater color 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 bluer the colour, the more valuable the stone
- Aquamarine has hardness of 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale
- Aquamarine ranges in colour from an almost colorless pale blue too blue-green or teal, the most prized colour is a deep-blue aqua color.
- Aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl, along with emerald and morganite
- Aquamarine gets its name from Latin words meaning water and sea
- The most valuable aquamarines come from Brazil, but it is also mined in Nigeria and Kenya, Madagascar, Russia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Afghanistan and Zambia.
- In 1910, the largest ever aquamarine was found was in Brazil, weighing a massive 243 pounds. It was then cut into smaller stones, yielding over 200,000 carats.
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