Aquamarine is the blue or blue-green variety of Beryl (Emerald being the green variety). Bead grade Aquamarine usually has inclusions and sometimes opaque areas, and gem quality Aquamarine has no inclusions, hence its brilliance. Its colours can range from light sky blue to deep sea blue. It is a truly beautiful gemstone that has been coveted by women for centuries.
Today the principle sources of Aquamarine are Brazil, India, Russia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Care: Aquamarine should be stored in a dark place as it can fade and become paler if left out in the sun.
Traditional legends, gemstone folklore and healing properties
Its name is derived from the Latin “aqua” and “mare” which mean water and sea. Legends say that it was considered a lucky stone for sailors, having been found in the treasure chests of mermaids, sailors believed that it protected them from the perils of the sea as well as seasickness.
It has been associated with courage and the alleviation of anxiety and fear as it is believed to soothe and calm and thought to help one relax on long journeys. As well as aiding mental clarity, self-expression, intuition and giving peace, it is said to arouse feelings of sympathy, trust, harmony and friendship. It is also said to guarantee a happy marriage and make its owner happy and rich -although I cannot guarantee that!
And as a healing stone, Aquamarine is believed to have life-giving properties and said to help ease nerve pain, glandular problems, toothaches and disorders of the neck, jaw and throat.
Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for March and the Zodiac stone for Scorpio and is the anniversary stone for the 19th year of marriage.