Aquamarine is a member if the beryl family. It is a brilliant, clear gemstone that is sometimes mistaken or the less expensive blue topaz
. Itís color ranges from light to dark blue, and sometimes a bluish green. Aquamarine is traditionally the birthstone for March and is believed to be a universal symbol of youth, hope, and health. Aquamarine is commonly found alongside other Berylís in countries such as Russia and Brazil; but it is also found in other parts of the world including Colorado, which has named it their official state gem. Aquamarine is often heated to enhance the color, so be sure to ask when purchasing one of these stones.
About the Stone
Aquamarine sits at a 7.5 - 8 on the Mohs scale
(somewhere between Quartz
and Topaz). It is a member of the Beryl family, along with Emerald, Morganite, and Bixbite (Red Emerald). Aquamarineís name comes from Latin, meaning water and sea.
The best quality Aquamarine seems to come from Brazil, but it is also found in Russia, Nigeria, Zambia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of the United States. Aquamarine is the official state gem of Colorado.
Aquamarine is the current birthstone for March, but before the fifteenth century is was considered the birthstone for October. Aquamarine is also the gemstone for the 19th year of marriage and for the astrological sign Pisces.
Aquamarine is said to do many things metaphysically; it is often thought of as a universal sign of hope, health, and youth and is said to specifically bless all those born in March who wear it. Here are a few of the other spiritual properties of this beautiful gemstone:
- Aquamarine was often worn by sailors to ward off seasickness and encourage safe travel on water.
- This beautiful stone is supposed to help with anxiety, fear, and restlessness by creating a peaceful stillness like the flow of a forest stream.
- Dreaming of Aquamarine signifies new friendships
- Wearing Aquamarine earrings is said to bring love and affection
Purchasing your Aquamarine stone
Because Aquamarine is a relatively hard stone, it is safe for all forms of jewelry, such as rings, pendants, and earrings. Many people recommend it for earrings, as the gemstone is often faceted
and becomes exceptionally appealing when worn close to the face.
Aquamarines needs to be cleaned often to keep them stunning. The color pales when dirt collects around the stone; so keep this in mind when buying lighter or pale colored stones. Be careful not to mistake blue topaz gemstones for aquamarine. Topaz is beautiful in itís own right, but is less expensive than Aquamarine and can sometimes be improperly represented. Another imitation of Aquamarine is a form of spinel called Aquamarine spinel.
Aquamarine as Energy Medicine
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