Aquamarine - Stone of the Sea
Aquamarine crystals are loved by many and all. Well, this isn't too shocking, considering that it is the birthstone for March. Aquamarine is a type of beryl and is most commonly a rich and beautiful blue color. Emerald is also a type of beryl, but it's usually way more green than it is blue.
Historically, aquamarine has been associated with water, the ocean, or the sea. It looks like a sweet mermaid gem, so this is not surprising at all. It was also believed to ward off fear in ancient times. These associations have led to be seen as a stone of peace, harmony, and tranquility.Beryl has an old relationship and association with eyes and curing eye disease. Other cultures and groups in the past have claimed it could grant one power in war and rekindle love in marriage.
According to legend, apatite received its name due to its confusion with aquamarine. "Apatite" is derived from Greek, apátē, meaning "deceit." While we can't be sure if aquamarine is the precise reason for the stone having the name, it is a possibility, as apatite is frequently mistaken for other minerals.
As far as other legends go, beryl is said to be a symbol of youth, while aquamarine specifically is said to reflect social mobility.
Misconceptions: Aquamarine crystals may be mistaken for blue topaz due to their similarity.
Pronunciation: /æk.wə.məˈriːn/ (ae-qua-muh-reen) or, /ɑk.wə.məˈriːn/ (ah-qua-muh-reen)
Misspellings: Aguamarine, Aqua Marine, Aquemarine.
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Etymology: Aquamarine comes from Latin, "aqua," meaning water, and "marine", meaning sea. Thus, its name means "sea water."
Location: Locales found globally.
Aquamarine stones are said to bring about peace and calm. It is a harmonic crystal that many believe can foster creativity and clarity.
The Wrap Up
Aquamarine is a famous yet inexpensive gemstone that many love for its wonderful blue color. It has seen relatively little use in royal jewelry throughout the ages, but that doesn't make it any less important. It is still a pretty, if not gorgeous stone when cut well!
Crystals and gemstones are nature's true beauties, but they are not a substitute for seeking professional medical, legal, health, or financial advice. Crystals and gemstones are to be used in conjunction with any professional care you are receiving and do not provide healing, cures, or other remedies modern medicine can provide. The information provided in our listings with regard to the powers of crystals and gemstones are all derived from personal & professional experience with crystals & gems as well as ancient wisdom and texts documenting knowledge gained from civilizations around the world. They are not backed by the FDA or scientific/government resources. Our crystals & gemstones are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or malady. Our crystals and gemstones are also not a replacement for seeking professional legal advice, financial advising, or any other field of professional expertise. Crystals and gemstones are intended to be appreciated for their natural power and beauty, and used alongside modern, professional methods. Supernatural or metaphysical properties are not verified by medical experts or professionals.
The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, George Frederick Kunz.
The Magic and Science of Jewels and Stones, Isidore Kozminsky.