Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family and ranges in color from an almost colorless pale blue to blue-green or teal. Its name is derived from the Roman word "Aqua," meaning water, and "mare," meaning sea. The most prized color is a deep-blue aqua color. It has been called "Water of the Sea", because of its color.
The most valuable aquamarine comes from Brazil. It is also mined in Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia. Aquamarines are often heat treated to change a blue-green or teal colored stone to a pure blue. It is 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale of hardness.
Mystical Uses of Aquamarine
The aquamarine is the stone of sailors, in the belief that it would be protection for them on water.
Folklore says the aquamarine will protect against gossip. It is also said the aquamarine will pick up spirits. It is an excellent stone to use for meditating. It brings a great peace and serenity. Some people can meditate on an Aquamarine to receive the wisdom to see truth, but this is a very advanced meditation.
Aquamarine is associated with the thymus gland. It is very soothing worn as a necklace. It will help reduce fluid retention. It has been used to calm the nerves.
The Romans used the aquamarine for diseases of the stomach, and believed it could cure liver and throat troubles.
In the Middle Ages it was thought that aquamarine would reduce the effect of poisons.
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