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Aquamarine

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

The name Aquamarine was derived by the Latin words, aqua meaning “water”, and mare meaning “sea”. This is because of its colors close resemblance to sea water.

According to legend, Aquamarine is the treasure of mermaids, and holds the power to keep sailors safe when at sea.  And they wear it to keep them safe on voyages out to sea and prevent seasickness.

From lightest sky-blue to the deep blue of the sea, aquamarines show all these shades of an exceptionally beautiful range of usually light blues. It is truly a quite fascinating stone.

The stone is said to be a particularly strong charm when immersed in water.  For these reasons, Aquamarines was dedicated  to a number of sea goddesses, including the Greek love goddess, Aphrodite, whose name means "born of the foam".

Aquamarines was considered sacred to the god of the sea, Neptune. It is documented that it was used by the Greeks between 480-300 BC. They would wear Aquamarines amulets engraved with the water god Poseidon to protect them against perils and monsters of the sea.

Beads of Aquamarines have been found in ancient Egyptian mummy pits.  It is held in quite high regard in the East as the Stone of the Seer and Mystic, a gemstone that imparts purity to the wearer, as well as encouraging the gentle nature and personality in the wearer.  It is a symbol of peace.

Astrological : Taurus

Modern Birthstone for the Month : March

Ancient Birthstone for the Month : October

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Although Aquamarine has quite a range of uses, it's strongest energies are in the field of opening up the psychic.

If you are especially sensitive to the thoughts and vibrations of other people, wear Aquamarines with smoky quartz, as this combination will ease the sharpness of the incoming impressions, and the quartz will help to ground you in the physical.  In this manner you may avoid being overcome by unwanted impressions.

Aquamarine is said to be the stone of the sea goddesses of past times, due to it's association with the sea. As a semiprecious variety of beryl, it has long been associated with the sea and element of water.

Sea Witches are told the cleanse the stone in the ocean water at night by the light of the full moon.

In magic, this glorious stone is worn or carried about the body to enhance the use of psychic powers. Holding a crystal of the Aquamarines or wearing a faceted form of the stone around the neck reduces our conscious mind's hold on the psychic mind and allows our ever present psychic impulses to be heard and to enter into our more conscious mind.

A gentle and cleansing elixir can be created by placing an Aquamarines in a glass of fresh water, allowing it to sit in the full moonlight, outdoors if possible, for three hours.  Retrieve the stone, drink the liquid for purification and heightened psychic awareness.

HEALING PROPERTIES

Aquamarine is told the help reduce one's dependence on drugs, and to help eliminate fluid retention by strengthening the kidneys, liver, spleen and thyroid, thus purifying the general body.  At one time, long ago, eyeglasses were made of Aquamarines as the stone is soothing to the eyes.

Aquamarines is told that this stone placed on the neck or worn as a short necklace will treat many neck and throat problems. Placed on swollen glands or worn around the neck it will reduce swelling.  Chronic tonsillitis may be relieved by wearing a necklace of Aquamarines together with turquoise, sodalite, chalcedony and blue topaz.

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 hayfever or allergies.  Counteracts short-or long-sightedness.

Aquamarine rough and facet stone