Updated: Nov 7, 2018
What is aquamarine?
Named “Water of the Sea” from a Latin phrase “Aqua Marina”, this stunning gemstone gets its name because of its bluish appearance, like the sea waters.
But what is this beautiful stone all about? The moment I held one crystal in my hand, I wanted to know more about it – what formed it? How did it get its gorgeous colour? What makes it flawless? Transparent? Why does it feel - so – peaceful?
Regal, classy, elegant and beautiful – an aquamarine stone is one of nature’s rich mineral resources. The Aquamarine is a part of the family of a mineral called “Beryl, composed of Beryllium, Aluminium and Silicon Dioxide. The gemstone is allochromatic – meaning it gets its colour due to presence of other substances in it, mainly due to the Iron (FEO)and Ferrous. Therefore the depth of its colour depends upon the amount of Iron present within the stone. Really gorgeous blue stones come from Canada – True Blue Aquamarines and from Brazil – Santa Maria.
"She had never known that ice could take on so many shades of blue: sharp lines of indigo like the deepest sea, aquamarine shadows, even the glint of blue-green where the sun struck just so."
Author: Malinda Lo
Aquamarine is widely used
The beauty and cost of this stone has caused it to be used widely in making of precious jewelry. From pendants, rings, ear drops, bracelets, heavy necklaces, tiaras, bangles, anklets and many more, there is a huge demand for aquamarine jewelry. Among the well known makers are Cartier Jewelry, Heirloom Vintage Aquamarine, Stirring Group Commonly set in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, silver, titanium and platinum also used along with other gemstones (see above aquamarine set in yellow gold surrounded by diamonds from Stirring's Precious collection). The craze for aquamarine jewelry is only growing!
Also believed to possess healing properties, this Stone of Courage and Protection – this natural stone was carried by Sailors in the ancient days at Sea. Aquamarine is known helps to heal ailments of the throat, including the thyroid and pituitary, and can help to moderate diseases of the liver. Its soothing properties and cool colour can help with allergies by calming the immune system, and assisting with disorders of kidneys, bladder, retention of fluid in the body etc. Its often as a diuretic as it maintains the balance of water in the body flushing out excess thus maintaining equilibrium of the fluid in the body (this by wearing it close to the body at all times).
Aquamarine can calm the overactive mind, bring about emotional stability, reduce nervous tension and lift depression. This makes it a prime choice for those of you familiar with meditative techniques. Meditating with Aquamarine is believed to bring insights and a higher understanding from our Creator God, which can be applied in daily life.
… to improve thought process and relationships
It is believed to sharpen mental clarity and improve memory in humans, inspire the wearer and stimulate creativity. Studies conducted have shown that the colour of the stone acts positively on human relationships – married couples, this one is for you! Invest in an aquamarine today for stronger relationship with your spouse!
... in Feng-Shui
Feng shui or "Kan-Yu," is an ancient Chinese holistic approach to living which means “The Law of Heaven and Earth.” It essentially aims at achieving harmony and energy balance (optimal energy flow) in our environment, using space and correct placement of furniture; the flow of energy is specific for each person, must lead to a balance with nature.
Aquamarine taps water energy and is used to enhance any space that you intend using for quiet thinking, calm reflection, or prayer. Strategically placing Aquamarines in areas of our home will bring the flowing energy of the water element to areas that are focused on realizing your potential –water energy is nourishing. Place an aquamarine crystal in your home office to improve your mental skills and in encouraging positive development.
Aquamarine is the birth stone of all March born
The largest aquamarine stone was discovered in 191, weighed 243 pounds (110 kg) and 19″ long in Marambaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
The largest cut aquamarine stone is the Dom Pedro aquamarine, located in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
Aquamarine is durable and easy to care for – at-home care requires only a soft brush and soapy water, rinse and wipe gently. You're ready to sparkle!
View Duchess Meghan's famous Aquamarine here!