Aquamarine, from Latin aqua marina, “water of the sea”, is the blue to blue-green variety Beryl.
Beryl also has other gem varieties, including Emerald, Morganite and Heliodor. Aquamarine ranges in colour from a faint light blue to blue and bluish-green, with lighter coloured stones being the more common type.
Most Aquamarines on the market are heat-treated. Natural Aquamarine is usually lighter and greener in colour, and heat treatment creates deeper bluer hues
Aquamarine is a relatively common gemstone, and is affordable in lighter colours. Deeper colours have a higher price.
Brazil is the largest producer of gem Aquamarine; other important producers are Pakistan, Myanmar (Burma), Russia, China, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, and the United States (Colorado and California).
Blue Topaz is easily confused with Aquamarine. Blue Zircon is also very similar to Aquamarine, although its colour is usually a deeper blue. Useful to know, certain gemstones are not aquamarines: “Brazilian aquamarine” is actually blue topaz, “Siam aquamarine” is actually heat-treated blue zircon and “mass aqua” is actually blue glass cut the way aquamarines are cut.
Birthstone – March
Zodiac – Aries, Gemini, Scorpio, Aquarius, Pisces
Element – Water Typical colours – green-blue
The commemorative stone for 19th wedding anniversaries,
Aquamarine is a stone of courage. Its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind. Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people. It can invoke tolerance of others and overcomes judgmental, giving support to those overwhelmed by responsibility. Clarifies perception, sharpens the intellect and clears confusion. Promotes self-expression. Soothes fears and increases sensitivity. Sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance. Wonderful for meditation. Shields the aura and aligns the chakras. Highly protective during pregnancy, it helps to guard both mother and baby from harm. Discourages miscarriage.
Aquamarine is helpful to sore throats, swollen glands and thyroid problems. It regulates hormones and growth. Boosts the immune system and alleviates overreactions, such as hay fever or allergies.
They have strong metaphysical properties that help you to let go of old emotional issues you may be holding on to. By assisting you to release anger and reduce stress… it may help you to make positive changes in your life.
These lovely stones are powerful to aid self-healing.
The best use for Aquamarine stones is to meditate with them, and it is also excellent way to relax yourself. As you go deeper into the relaxed meditative state… keep in mind the qualities that you would like to integrate… that this stones energy may stress.
Here’s how to take care of your aquamarine jewellery
- Put your jewellery on last and take it off first. Always complete your makeup before putting on your jewellery, so that the chemicals in hairspray and makeup will not damage it and you will have to clean it less often.
- Handle your aquamarines as little as possible because the natural oils in your skin will dull their luster over time.
- Remove your jewellery before doing any housework or gardening to prevent the possibility of breaking the gemstone itself.
- Avoid exposing your aquamarines to harsh chemicals. This includes chlorine in swimming pools and the chemicals used in shampoos.
- Keep aquamarines out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures because the sun and heat will fade their colour.
Storing Aquamarine Jewellery
- Wrap each piece of aquamarine jewellery in its own cloth. Ideally, the cloth should be pure cotton, as coarser cloth may scratch the gemstones.
- Place each piece separate from other gemstones, harder stones will scratch softer ones. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topaz are harder than aquamarine, while garnets are softer. Aquamarines and emeralds are of equal hardness and will scratch each other.
How to clean the stone/jewel
- Pour warm water into a basin and test it for temperature by dipping your hand into it. The water should be a comfortable temperature.
- Add mild dishwashing liquid to the water.
- Place the aquamarine jewellery in the solution. Soak for no longer than 10 minutes.
- Remove the jewellery from the cleaning solution and clean the stones with a soft cloth or toothbrush, don’t clean aquamarines with a wire brush because this will scratch the stones.
- Rinse the jewellery with warm water and pat it dry.