Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater and it was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. March’s birthstone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages (Its also the gem to celebrate 19th wedding anniversary). The best gems combine high clarity with limpid transparency and blue to slightly greenish blue hues.
Aquamarine is metaphysically known as a stone of courage and fortitude that can bring great power. It is said to assist with quick intellectual response. It brings inner peace, hope and self-love, gives shielding for the aura, and is said to bring angels for their guidance and protection. As such, it is an excellent crystal for meditaiton. Aquamarine is used metaphysically to dispel anger and fear.
In crystal healing lore Aquamarine is said to be helpful for healing GERD, chronic fatigue, the endocrine system, eyes and eyesight, fluid retention, headaches, intestinal disorders, the nervous system, phobias, and teeth and gums.
The most valuable aquamarines come from Brazil, it is also mined in Kenya and Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia.
Many very large aquamarine crystals have been discovered. The largest Brazilian aquamarine on record was found in 1910, in Minas Gerais, Brazil. It weighed 244 lbs. (110 kg) and measured 19 in. (48 cm) long and 15 in. (38 cm) in diameter.
Why We Love This Gemstone...
Beautiful Crystals - Aquamarine grows in beautiful six-sided prismatic crystals that on rare occasions can be more than a foot long.
Transparency - Faceted aquamarine is often exceptionally transparent with vitreous luster, so it really sparkles.
Dichroic - Using a dichroscope, you can see aquamarine is near colorless and stronger blue in different crystal directions.
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