This blue-green beryl has an ancient connection with seas and oceans. The name “aquamarine” is derived from the Latin word for seawater (aqua marina, “water of the sea”). This is a stone of the sea and a stone of the mystic.
Metaphysical Properties: Psychic abilities, peace, courage, communication and purification.
Chakra: Blue – 5th – Vishuddha Chakra (Throat)
The Throat Chakra stimulates the ability to communicate one’s deepest truths. Expressed in Sound, the 5th chakra is all about tuning your creative identity and self-expression through communication.
Physically, the 5th Chakra keeps the throat, mouth and thyroid in healthy balance.
Spiritually, this communication chakra supports and is strengthened by creativity, truthfulness and exercising your true will.
Blue is also the color of Tranquility, Trust, and Intuition
Green is the color of the 4th or Heart Chakra, so the greener specimens of Aquamarine help you speak or create from the heart.
Aquamarine as a Birthstone
Month: It is the modern birthstone of March and the traditional birthstone of October.
Zodiac: Aquamarine is linked to many zodiac signs. Many associate it with Scorpio, and some also attribute it to Pisces or Aquarius due to it’s watery sea-like quality. For Aquarius the aquamarine promotes friendship and love, while for Pisces it encourages awareness. But it is also the stone of Taurus according to some, due to the fact that aquamarine (and the entire beryl family) are of hexagonal (six-sided) crystalline form, and six is a number belonging to Venus. Others say it is connect with Gemini, because the stone enhances communication. Even Libras get into the mix, since for them, Aquamarine helps to warn them of danger.
When you immerse the stone in water, this stone becomes a particularly active charm, and if you work with the stone in this manner in moonlight, it strengthens and opens your third eye. It is said to be the stone of the Sea Witch in that manner. If you are particularly sensitive, you might also want to combine it with smoky quartz to help ground you into the physical and sharpen the images. If you need additional protection tourmalinated quartz will provide added protection.
The Sailor’s Gem
The Greek and Roman myths of mermaids said Aquamarine came from their treasure chests deep in their watery realms. Historically, seafarers and merchants wore aquamarine for protection and for prosperous journeys. It was also worn to prevent or minimize sea sickness.
“The lovely aquamarine, which seems to have come from some mermaid’s treasure house, in the depths of a summer sea, has charms not to be denied.” ~Pliny
Peace, Love, Protection & 3rd Eye Sight
The Sumerians, Egyptians and Hebrews held the stone as a symbol of happiness and everlasting youth. Beads of Aquamarines have been found in ancient Egyptian mummy pits. It is held in quite high regard in the East as the Stone of the Seer and Mystic, a gemstone that imparts purity to the wearer, as well as encouraging the gentle nature and personality in the wearer. It is a symbol of peace.
The Romans also heralded the use of Aquamarine as a storehouse of young love. “When blessed and worn, it joins in love, and does great things.” It was the traditional gift between bride and groom after the consummation of their marriage, because it was said to absorb that passion. So it is a life-long lovers stone. This might be why, in Medieval times, the stone was used to reawaken the love of married couples.
Aquamarine was also used for protection. It was said to bring victory in battle or in legal pursuits. In the Middle Ages, it was said to be an antidote for poison, unlike other stones, you did not need an elixer, it simply needed to be worn.
As a communication stone, Aquamarine also had a strong mystical history. It was often used for scrying, or divining, either as a crystal ball you would gaze into, or as a pendulum or pointer on a string. Just holding or wearing the stone would help in a search for lost or hidden things. One way to use Aquamarine for scrying was to cast this ancient water stone into a bowl of pure water and then look for messages on the surface.
More about Aquamarine
- Aquamarine jewelry is also a popular gift for 16th and 19th wedding anniversaries.
- It is also said to help in overcoming depression, grief and phobias.
- Aquamarine is also believed to help cure insomnia.
- The largest known aquamarine was found in Brazil in 1920. It was 19 inches long, 16 inches wide and weighed 243 pounds. This amazing specimen was greenish on the outside, blue on the inside, and so transparent that objects were clearly visible through its length. A green 13-pound uncut piece of the outer portion of the crystal resides in the American Museum of Natural History.
- Aquamarine is the official stone of the state of Colorado.
- Aquamarine is heated to bring out the clarity – so care should be taken not to overheat the gem-quality pieces.
- Gem dealers have never been able to successfully duplicate or synthesize aquamarine