Aquamarine

Aquamarine stone, also called berylite or chrysolite, etymologically comes from the Latin “Aqua marina” which means sea water.

History of aquamarine

Coined by the Romans over 2,000 years ago, the term “aquamarine” literally means “sea water” and consists of the Latin words aqua (water) and marinus (sea). It gets its name because of its similar in color to sea water. Aquamarine has a color hue for every sea around the world, from the light blue hues of warm seas to the deeper hues for colder seas. It is a stone of the beryl family. It is composed of silica, aluminum, copper, beryllium and iron. It is iron, due to its more or less significant oxidation, which gives aquamarine its color and nuances.

In Antiquity, the translucent blue mineral was particularly appreciated for its great hardness and clarity which made it easy to clean and sharp engravings.

Thus, great works bearing the effigy of various gods and heroes have been carved in aquamarine in order to pay homage to them.

With its sea-blue reflections, aquamarine is often considered the stone of sailors par excellence. Carrying the blue mineral on one’s person appeased the sea god Poseidon and provided protection for ships and travelers from raging oceans and storms, ensuring they reached their destination.

Aquamarine: Composition & signification

Composition

 

It is a stone from the beryl family. It is composed of silica, aluminum, copper, beryllium and iron. It is iron, due to its more or less significant oxidation, which gives aquamarine its color and nuances.

 

Signification

 

For Pliny the Elder, the fine aquamarine stone represented the fabulous treasure protected by the sirens.

 

For many civilizations, the tender blue stone possessed a powerful healing power. Crushed into a powder and mixed with water, the elixir of aquamarine had the ability to prevent poisoning and intoxication, common in the Middle Ages.

In China, the fine aquamarine stone is a symbol of love associated with the goddess Kuan Yin, goddess of compassion, pity and the protection of children. She would help the unlucky to break bad luck, and bring happiness and longevity to couples.

Where do you find aquamarine?

There are a few aquamarine deposits in the world, but the best known remains that of Marambaia in Brazil, which housed an aquamarine crystal close to 100 kilos. Better known as Dom Pedro, this 10,000-carat marvel was sold for more than 20 million euros.

Then carved into an obelisk by the sculptor Bernd Munsteiner and then exhibited at the Museum of Natural History in Washington.

But you can also find small specimens in France, especially in Brittany and Auvergne.

Aigue marine and colors

Stones in the beryl category are highly valued for their sublime colors and hardness. We distinguish for example:

  • Goshenite, a colorless beryl
  • Morganite, a pink colored beryl
  • Heliodor, a yellow beryl
  • Chrysolite, a green colored beryl.

Nowadays, this precious stone is mainly used in jewelry in the making of aquamarine bracelets, earrings or even pendants, as well as in lithotherapy for its many virtues.

PROPERTIES AND VIRTUES OF AQUAMARINE

Emotional and spiritual benefits

In lithotherapy, a property of aquamarine is to bring tenderness, love and purity to its wearer. It is a stone that helps fight stress and promotes positive thoughts. Its benevolent energy reduces anxiety to give way to a feeling of fullness.

It also has the effect of strengthening the maternal instinct and the bonds that unite a mother to her children. It is a natural stone which helps develop one’s sensitivity while inhibiting one’s fears.

This positive sky-blue stone is highly coveted by couples. It restores the sacred fire to a platonic relationship and comes to consolidate a new romance or still fragile love. Offering an aquamarine jewel to one’s other half is therefore very symbolic.

Aquamarine stone facilitates communication between individuals, improves eloquence, singing skills, verb and physical expression. It facilitates creative, artistic or literary expression.

The blue mineral is therefore very useful for professions requiring good oral expression such as singers, actors, speakers, presenters or even during an oral exam. It also helps to manifest artistic expression in writers, painters, graphic designers.

Aquamarine is also beneficial for all professions in which the search for truth is essential such as psychologists, investigators, lawyers, as well as professions related to water: sailors, fishermen, divers, swimmers…

This precious mineral helps develop extra-lucidity and access high levels of consciousness. It thus facilitates the practice of meditation and structures the mind by giving it access to reason.

Physical benefits

Aquamarine has the power to fight allergies, sore throats, colds and decongest sinuses. It also promotes listening skills.

A polished aquamarine stone can be used around the neck to relieve tensions and promote relaxation. At the level of the jaw, it fights against dental pain.

On the skin, the blue mineral calms eczema, acne and breakouts.

The blue crystal also has the effect of strengthening the immune system, helping to regulate thyroid functions and harmonizing the metabolism.

Aquamarine is a stone associated with the water element. Worn on yourself, it will prevent you from suffering from seasickness and all the associated inconveniences such as nausea and vomiting. Its powers are also beneficial on motion sickness whether in the car, bus or plane.

How to clean, purify and recharge the aquamarine stone?

In its natural state, aquamarine purifies and recharges itself by spring water, earth, sunlight or moonlight. But when the stone is no longer in its natural environment, it must be purified and recharged in order to maintain its positive energy.

Indeed, after a while, the stone is emptied from its natural energy and needs to be recharged in order to regain its full potential.

You can purify your bracelet and other aquamarine jewelry by rinsing them for a long time in lukewarm clear water or with incense.

 

Aquamarine fully recharges in one to two hours of exposure to sunlight. It is also possible to recharge the stone overnight by exposing it to moonlight. The mineral can also recharge on a cluster of quartz or druse for a few hours. Your stone will thus regain all its natural energy.

You can easily clean the aquamarine stone with a soft cloth to restore its beautiful blue glow.

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