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.
- 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.)
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