Aquamarine is a variety of Beryl, a beryllium aluminum silicate mineral, containing elemental iron. It is pale turquoise green or pale turquoise blue in color, and can be quite transparent in appearance. A deeper green-toned form of Beryl is Emerald.
Aquamarine comes from the Latin word meaning “Sea Water”. Ancient sailors would take these precious stones on ships when they traveled to stay safe, in medieval ages, it was believed to have mystical qualities such as for one to be happy in marriage and to be honest and faithful.
Beryl comes in many colors, for instance, in bluish-green, it is Aquamarine, when yellow or yellow-orange, it is called Heliodor. Beryl also comes in a pale pink called Morganite, there is even a white Beryl called Goshenite. Besides these colors, one of the most sought-after colors of Beryl is the rarest of them, a deep red Beryl called Bixbite.
Beryl is a mineral that grows hexagonal in nature and its crystal habits are either prismatic, elongated, or flattened. The transparency and translucence of this mineral make the Beryl look very glassy adding to the overall beauty of the stone. The stone has a hardness of 7.5 or 8.0 which is considerably hard and perfect for ornamental jewelry uses. However, it should be noted that it can still fracture or break. Aquamarine has been found in large sizes weighing over 200 hundred pounds, however, most Aquamarine that is found is much smaller, usually a few carats.
Aquamarine is found in many parts of the world including North America, South America, Russia, India, Madagascar, and Africa. It is formed from Beryl. While Beryl is one of the most common minerals around, Aquamarine does include Beryllium, a very rare element. However, its color is attributed to small amounts of iron within the mineral. It is usually found in geological cavities, mostly in Granite Pegmatite.
The Uses of Aquamarine
Aquamarine is generally used in commercial jewelry. Aquamarine is the birthstone of March and is also considered an optional birthstone in October. You can also find demand for these stones from those that are interested in astrology. Pisces and Scorpios consider Aquamarine their astrological stone.
For those that prefer stones with mystical significance, many couples give this stone to one another to promote harmony, trust, and to be faithful to one another.
Aquamarine Metaphysical Properties
The frequency of Aquamarine connects to the heart and throat chakras. This crystal acts by clearing, cleansing, and activating the throat chakra, allowing for the clear communication of one’s truth and the release of energy blocks held within the throat area. Thus it can aid with throat issues, such as a sore throat and laryngitis.
Aquamarine cleanses the heart chakra helping clear deeply held negative emotions and patterns, so they can be acknowledged and released. It supports one emotionally so that one’s true feelings can be easily expressed.
This beautiful crystal has a cooling energy that can help cool and calm inflammatory issues such as anger, allergies, and certain skin problems.
- Skin Disorders
- Throat Sore
- Communicating Truth
- Emotional Belief Patterns – Release