Aquamarine is one of the most soothing and relaxing stones of the crystal kingdom. It has a gentle energy that eases the mind of any worries and stress, promoting peace and harmony, allowing you to fully relax and unwind. It allows you to reach a deep meditative state and increases your spiritual awareness and intuition. As its name may suggest, it holds the purifying energy of crystalline waters, making it a great stone to use for cleansing and also realigning the chakras.
Aquamarine is connected to the throat chakra, allowing you to communicate openly and freely with confidence and without fear of judgement. It helps cool heated feelings and is a great stone to work with if you are trying to resolve a problem. Bringing clarity to the mind, it inspires truth, new ideas and clears up any confusion but also allows you to absorb new information. It is an uplifting stone that promotes happiness and hope, bringing light into times of darkness.
Aquamarine is a great stone to use if you are nervous about public speaking, it helps keep your emotions calm but allows you to express yourself with ease and confidence.
The name Aquamarine comes from the Latin phrase 'aqua marinus', meaning "water of the sea," which refers to its sparkling ocean-like colour. The ancient Romans believed that Aquamarine would protect against any dangers while travelling at sea and since then, many sailors have used it as a talisman for protection. It has a rich history and was associated to many gods and goddess because of its beauty. One tale claims Poseidon made Aquamarine out of seawater. It was also known as a lovers stone, in Buddhism it was traditional for a husband to gift his wife some Aquamarine the day after their wedding and medieval Christians thought it would bring a happy marriage.
Aquamarine is a gem-like, blue to green-blue variety of beryl. It is a Beryllium Aluminium Silicate that crystallizes in a hexagonal system. It has a hardness of 7.5-8 on Mohs scale and can be found in Madagascar, Sir Lanka, Russia, Brazil and the USA.
The largest aquamarine of gemstone quality ever mined was found in Marambaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1910. It weighed over 110 kg (243 lb), and its dimensions were 48.5 cm (19 in) long and 42 cm (161⁄2 in) in diameter.The largest cut aquamarine gem is the Dom Pedro aquamarine, now housed in the Smithsonian Institute