- Origin of the name : Etymologically derived from the Latin "Aqua marina" meaning "sea water".
- Belonging group : Beryls
- Chemical composition : Beryllium aluminum silicate, Be3Al2Si6O18.
- Hardness : Between 7,5 and 8
- Crystal System : Hexagonal
- Deposits : Afghanistan, Brazil, Madagascar, Pakistan, Siberia.
- Colors : Very light blue, deep light blue, water green.
The aquamarine stone, known for its great beauty and for its magnificent blue color, has been invested for several centuries in lithotherapy by a large number of different civilizations with many positive virtues. It would intervene positively on our health, as well as on our mood and on our brain, bringing many benefits on the physical, intellectual or psychic level.
Aquamarine stone, also called berylite or chrysolite, comes etymologically from the Latin "Aqua marina" which means sea water. It is a variety of transparent light blue stone previously called beryl or zeberdjed in Egypt. It was later given its current name of aquamarine in the 16th century.
It is in Brazil, where it is discovered for the first time, that we find the most important deposits of aquamarine, also present at the top of the Himalayas, in Africa, in Russia, in Madagascar or in the mines of Pakistan. Thanks to its hardness, aquamarine stone was particularly suitable for the practice of intaglio or intaglio engraving which was practiced in Egypt, Greece and Italy. Numerous works of art in the effigy of the heroes and Gods of Olympus or of the great characters of history have been realized thanks to aquamarine.
Among these works, the most famous remains the engraving of Evodos, a Greek sculptor, which represents Julie, the daughter of the Roman Emperor Titus, later integrated in the Middle Ages in a magnificent artistic jewelry composition called the Case of Charlemagne. This sumptuous creation was bequeathed by Charles the Bald to the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis and then entrusted to the National Library of France, where it is housed today.
Jewel of the mermaids washed up on the shore or treasure of the nymphs of Greek mythology, aquamarine stone, known since Antiquity, has nourished through the ages a large number of beliefs as to the multiple beneficial virtues linked to its purity and transparency.
In the Middle Ages, aquamarine was the material from which crystal balls were made thanks to the divinatory powers it was believed to have. It was also attributed therapeutic virtues and magical powers of luck and protection as indicated in the 12th century grimoire describing the magical virtues of minerals. Finally, it brought happiness and peace in love to couples.
Aquamarine, a precious mineral of volcanic rocks, is made of copper, silica, aluminum, iron and beryllium whose properties are particularly prized in the industrial fields of aeronautics and nuclear energy due to its strength and low density.
Classified as a cyclosilicate, it belongs to the beryl family, from the ancient Greek beryllos meaning "blue green stone" because of its superb hue that varies from transparent azure to lagoon depending on the oxidation of the iron of which it is composed.
This prestigious category of gemstones to which aquamarine belongs (which is assigned according to weight, dimensions, category, carats, etc.) produces mineral varieties of very high value such as goshenite, colorless, morganite of pink, heliodore, yellow, bixbite or emerald green.
Aquamarine, at a degree of about 7.5 on a hardness scale of 10, is sometimes strewn with mineral chips and comes in several shades, from very light translucent to lagoon blue, the most sought-after shade obtained by various processes (heating, neutron or gamma ray irradiation).
A minor constituent of granitic and pegmatitic rocks, aquamarine is found in alluvial deposits, where it is often accompanied by other minerals, including some of its category: lepidolite, spessartite, morganite or heliodore. During its extraction, it sometimes appears in the form of large crystals, but it most often takes the form of opaque grey and unsightly minerals, of low weight and very far from the appearance of the gem.
Its most famous deposits are found in :
- In Brazil: In 1910, the gemstone of the largest size and weight was found in Marambaia. In addition, Santa-Maria, a Brazilian mine, gives its name to the most beautiful aquamarines, including the Santa-Maria Maxixe, a very rare gemstone characterized by its deep color that fades under the effect of light. It is also in this region of Brazil that many gems with a mass of 100,000 carats are cut. In 1957, strange aquamarines composed of reliefs were extracted there.
- In Pakistan
- In Australia
- In Asia (Burma, China, India, Sri Lanka)
- In Africa (Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
- In the United States
- In Russia
- In France
Aquamarine Meaning and Properties
The aquamarine stone worn as a necklace, a ring or a bracelet is adorned with many virtues and is renowned for its many beneficial effects both psychologically and physically. The scope and radiance of this beautiful gemstone is indeed vast and extensive. Whether it is to soothe the person undergoing an examination, to bring happiness in love, to facilitate expressiveness or to act on various areas of our health, its virtues are multiple and indispensable.
Aquamarine Metaphysical Properties
Aquamarine is considered to be a mineral that allows the realization of artistic performances of quality. Indeed, it has the power to increase the sensitivity and expressiveness of those who possess it.
It also helps to better express and transmit emotions. Associated with the astrological signs of Aquarius, Pisces, Libra and Gemini, the positive vibrations it transmits predispose par excellence to artistic professions.
Moreover invested of calming virtues, it brings peace, appeasement and serenity while acting positively on intellectual stimulation. It is therefore the preferred stone of those who face an oral exam and who will wear it as a necklace or bracelet for example, as a good luck charm to succeed in their studies.
Aquamarine is also the stone of the divinatory arts which clarifies mediumistic perceptions and clairvoyance. Moreover, aquamarine makes communication with others more harmonious.
Very popular with lovers, it strengthens and consolidates a nascent love or a fragile relationship, or by confirming an already established relationship. This is why it is very symbolic to offer the chosen one an engagement ring surmounted by an aquamarine.
On the other hand, the aquamarine has been for several centuries the talisman of sailors and travelers at sea that it protects from drowning and to whom it brings happiness and guarantees a calm and serene journey.
Aquamarine Healing Properties
Not only does aquamarine stone have a positive effect on the psyche and intellect, but it is also known to play a positive role on our physical condition. Aquamarine is regularly used to realign the chakras of our body.
Mainly associated with the neck and throat chakras, it plays a purifying role for our health and has a positive effect on our entire respiratory system. It is thus particularly indicated for its beneficial role and its curative action in case of invasion of a foreign agent or tissue irritation of the respiratory tract and the ENT sphere.
It has a curative action on discomfort in the throat, pulmonary disorders, coughs, tonsil, larynx and throat problems and also strengthens the vocal cords. In addition, it is also reputed to facilitate the essential circulation of liquids in our body.
Moreover, aquamarine acts positively on the immune system, revitalizing, strengthening and balancing it, while regulating the functioning of the heartbeat as well as the blood, endocrine and lymphatic systems, making it a valuable ally in the fight against rising blood pressure, blood and heart problems.
It also helps to reduce eye fatigue and soothe all kinds of pain, including dental pain. If it brings good luck to sea travelers who attribute to it the power to protect them, it is also known to relieve seasickness and nausea as well as manifestations of hypersensitivity and other skin problems.
In case of skin problems such as dryness, skin irritation or pimples, it acts in the form of an aquamarine elixir to prepare yourself. Simply soak the stone in a glass of water overnight and use the resulting lotion several times a day by applying it to the skin without rubbing it.