A Writers Guide to Aquamarine



Aquamarine is a pale blue variety of beryl, a mineral composed of beryllium aluminium cyclosilicate. The pale blue comes from the addition of Fe2+. Fe3+ ions produce a golden-yellow. When both Fe2+ and Fe3+ are present, the color becomes a dark blue and is called maxixe.

Interesting side note, maxixe will fade to white if left in the sun, but when irradiated the color returns.

The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua marina meaning “water of the sea.”

Lore and History

  • In ancient times, aquamarine was believed to counteract dark forces.
  • Sailors and sea travelers kept aquamarine to ensure safe passage across stormy waters and to protect themselves from drowning.
  • During the Middle Ages, it was believed to give the wearer foresight.
  • King Solomon is said to have worn one in his breastplate of the 12 holy gemstones.
  • Legend says aquamarines are a mermaids tears and another says it is their treasure.
  • It is often called the Stone of Courage.
  • It is also known as a good luck stone.
  • When the stoned turns almost white, it’s warning of false friends.

Famous Aquamarines

  • Dom Pedro Aquamarine Obelisk: a 10,395 carot gem sculpted by Bernd Munsteiner, it’s the world’s largest cut aquamarine
  • Hirsch Aquamarine: a 109.92 carat emerald-cut gem, 100% natural, free of heating or other color enhancing treatments, the House of Louis XV set the stone in a pendant with 118 diamonds and white gold
  • Roosevelt’s Aquamarine: the largest, rectangular step cut, bluish-green (1,298 carat), stone was given to former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1936 by President Vargas of Brazil

Magical and Mystical Properties include

  • helping with eye and lung disorders
  • helping with the endocrine system disorders
  • easing acid reflux
  • alleviating allergies when placed in water overnight, then gently washing with the water in the morning
  • strengthening the immune system
  • relieving fluid retention when worn around the neck
  • relieving headaches
  • reducing chronic fatigue
  • relieving anxiety and fear
  • calming restlessness
  • assisting with intellectual response
  • bringing inner peace
  • bringing angels for guidance and protection
  • helping to recall past lives

Discharging & Recharging

To recharge aquamarine, hold it briefly under running water. This should be done every day it’s worn. Once a month, place it in a bowl with hematite and aquamarine tumble stones. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)

This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.gemstone index

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  1. I could use some of those magical properties. Don’t know about recalling past lives, but who knows. Maybe.

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  2. Fades to white? Don’t leave it out in the sun…

    1. True. I don’t think many of use could irradiated our stones.

  3. Bringing angels for protection – that’s beautiful!

    1. I thought it was pretty neat too.

  4. The color is so lovely. It’s always been one of my favorite stones. I also think the name conjures up a vision of beauty.

    1. Yes, and I like translucent quality too.

  5. Hi Holly .. I love these posts .. they always offer much to all of us … I love the colour and can quite see why sailors used aquamarine as a talisman as they sailed the rough seas … I too rather like the idea of ‘assisting with intellectual response’ …

    The colour and as you mention above translucent quality … they are beautiful .. cheers Hilary

    1. “I too rather like the idea of ‘assisting with intellectual response’ …” HA! Me too. I might be able to use that right now!

  6. I’m a believer! All very, very cool. And beautiful.

    I have a son with endocrine problems, so it’d be cool if it could heal him. 🙂

  7. And above and beyond all that, it’s just perdy. =) I love all these fascinating facts and will probably be stopping by later to use them for something.

  8. I had no idea the aquamarine had all of this mystique and charm. I should start washing my, I guess. Thanks.

  9. So gorgeous! I’m going to be using some of your information on gemstones before too much longer. Thank you for writing about them.

  10. Fascinating. I’ll have to look up the properties of my birthstone (garnet) now!

  11. Acid reflux? Goodbye Tums, hello aquamarine.

  12. A beautiful stone and interesting facts.

  13. I like how they called aquamarine “Mermaids’ tears” That’s sweet

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