Did you know that March has 2 stones associated with it?
Aquamarine and Bloodstone.

{ Check my next post  about Bloodstone }

Aquamarines vary in color from deep blue to blue-green of different intensities, caused by traces of iron in the beryl crystal. Naturally occurring deep blue stones are the most prized because they are rare and expensive. However, yellow beryl stones can be heated to change them to blue aquamarines.

The aquamarine – also called the “poor man’s diamond” – is a form of the mineral beryl that also includes other gemstones such as the emerald, morganite, and heliodor. Beryl consists of four elements: beryllium, aluminum, silicon, and oxygen. Beryl occurs as free six-sided crystals in rock veins unaffected by shock and weathering that otherwise destroy gem deposits. It is a relatively hard gem, ranking after the diamond, sapphire, ruby, alexandrite, and topaz.

The best commercial source of aquamarines is Brazil. High quality stones are also found in Colombia, the Ural Mountains of Russia, the island of Malagasy, and India. In the United States, Colorado, Maine, and North Carolina are the best sources.

Lore & History

The name aquamarine was derived by the Romans, “aqua,” meaning water, and “mare,” meaning sea, because it looked like sea water. Aquamarines were believed to have originated from the jewel caskets of sirens, washed ashore from the depths of the sea. They were considered sacred to Neptune, Roman god of the sea. This association with the sea made it the sailors’ gem, promising prosperous and safe voyages, as well as protection against perils and monsters of the sea. Its first documented use was by the Greeks between 480-300 BC. They wore aquamarine amulets engraved with Poseidon (the Greek god of the sea) on a chariot.

Beginning in the Roman period, the aquamarine was believed to possess medicinal and healing powers, curing ailments of the stomach, liver, jaws, and throat. During the Middle Ages, it was believed to be an effective antidote against poison. Aquamarines were thought to be the source of power for soothsayers, who called it the “magic mirror,” and used it for telling fortunes and answering questions about the future. It is said that Emperor Nero used it as an eyeglass 2,000 years ago. Much later, aquamarines were used as glasses in Germany to correct shortsightedness. In fact, the German name for eyeglasses today is “brille,” derived from the mineral beryl.

Metaphysically Speaking

Aquamarine helps heighten courage, and aids in clear communication with the Divine source of all that is.

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 stones help to heighten one’s courage when handling grief, and are powerful in assisting self healing.

Because of it’s mixture of both blue and green, it is a great and effective stone for the heart chakra, the thymus and the throat chakra.

Powerful throat chakra stones that enhance communication with the Goddess, and improve your overall spiritual communication.

Aquamarine is an excellent crystal for meditation and the awakening of paranormal abilities. It is helpful in inducing revelations, and some traditions claim it is possible to see your guardian angel through an Aquamarine crystal when it points to the north.

Love Kathy
Balance for Life: Mind, Body & Soul Healing

 

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