Aquamarine is a blue or blue-green variety of beryl, a beryllium aluminum silicate mineral with a hardness of 7.5 to 8. Its crystal system is hexagonal (trigonal) and its pigment is iron. History records its first use in Greece between 300 and 500 B.C. Its name, derived from the Latin meaning ‘water of the sea’ is an apt description of the color and clarity of fine Aquamarine crystals. Aquamarine has been mined in Brazil, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Australia, Africa and the United States. In ancient lore, Aquamarine was believed to be a treasure of mermaids, and it was used as a talisman to bring good luck, fearlessness and protection to sailors. It was also valued as a stone of eternal youth and happiness.
These luminous blue gemstones are one of the wonders of the mineral kingdom. They are good for all types of calming and cooling, from hot flashes to anger, yet they also activate the throat chakra, assisting one in the clear communication of one’s highest truth. They are stones of the Water element, bringing one in touch with the subconscious, the domains of spirit, and our deepest emotions. Their energy is as refreshing as a shower under a cool waterfall. Even though Aquamarine calms, it does not put one to sleep. It brings one to a relaxed, alert stage of consciousness in which one is fully aware of one’s own store of knowledge, wisdom and feelings, and able to articulate them all with clarity and conviction. For women, Aquamarine lends the courage and clarity to express one’s inner knowing, and it enhances intuitive abilities. For men, Aquamarine helps dispel emotional numbness and the difficulty men sometimes experience in communicating their feelings. It also calms frustration and helps one keep one’s temper, even when provoked. For both sexes it promotes gentle, truthful, compassionate communication. Aquamarine is a stone of empowerment for both women and men, and it helps one realize that not all power comes from force— there is also tremendous power in aligning oneself with the yielding, resilient vitality of life.
Simmons, Robert; Ahsian, Naisha. The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach (several pages). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition.