Aquamarine (Angola)


Courageous Communication

Calm your mind and speak from the heart.

Be compassionate as well as responsible.

Think logically, creatively and intuitively.

Let go of “baggage” and live courageously.

Let Aquamarine inspire you to a greater awareness!

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Healing Properties of Aquamarine

Spiritual: Aquamarine encourages spiritual growth and greater awareness. It invites us to value deep and clear thinking in our spiritual life and to take the lessons of the spiritual world and put them into good action here on earth.  If we find ourselves casually believing something that we don’t really understand, Aquamarine pushes us to learn more and to stay curious, especially about the deep mysteries.  It asks us to keep learning, rather than pretending we already have everything figured out.  Aquamarine inspires us to step into our power and to use our knowledge in service of Goodness and Light.  Aquamarine reminds us to remain upright in all of our dealings and to always behave honorably.  As a communication stone, it can help us to speak our truth calmly and accurately, as well as to clearly understand other people’s positions and beliefs.  It is an excellent scrying stone and increases the accuracy of our intuition and clairvoyant gifts.  Aquamarine is attuned to the Throat Chakra and linked to the astrological sign of Aries, Gemini, Pisces. It is connected to the element of Water and vibrates to the number 1.

Emotional: Aquamarine reminds us why we love the people we love, and to be more consciously aware and kind towards them. It brings a lighthearted energy and helps us cultivate a happy and peaceful disposition. Aquamarine encourages moderation and can help judgmental people become more tolerant and compassionate. It can also teach us to own our actions and to take responsibility for the situations we create for ourselves and others. Aquamarine can help us discard old “baggage” and move forward into a better future.  It also encourages us to speak diplomatically, so that our own truth gets heard and so we can truly understand other people’s perspective and needs.  Aquamarine helps us to navigate through tricky conversations and create win-win solutions.

Mental: Aquamarine encourages a love of learning and an insatiable intellectual curiosity.  It assists us in rapidly digesting information and in finding the words to explain our understanding to others.  When we are faced with complexity, Aquamarine helps us to calmly study the situation so that we can see the big picture, notice the little details and discover how it all interconnects.  Aquamarine unites logic with intuition so that we can use all parts of our brain to better understand the world.  Aquamarine encourages us to always be prepared so that we can confidently face whatever comes our way.  It clears up confusion and encourages us to be more organized, both in thought and in practice.  It helps us to stay focused, be honest, and remain persistent in the face of difficulties.  It is a fantastic talisman for students and researchers.

Physical: Aquamarine is recommended when we are dealing with complex physical issues that require deep thinking.  It reminds us to stay calm and not allow fear to jump to conclusions or to dictate our course of action.  Aquamarine encourages us to talk to experts and to carefully consider our options.  It helps us to be open to new ideas and treatments and to stay patient while we figure things out.  It is an excellent talisman when we are dealing with issues affecting the pituitary or thyroid glands, as well as the eyes and throat in general.  Aquamarine is also a good talisman for anyone suffering from autoimmune diseases, especially if triggered in part by stress.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Aquamarine

Raw Aquamarine
Raw Aquamarine, Shengus, Pakistan

Mineral Family: Cyclosilicates

Chemical Composition: Al2 Be3 [Si6 O18]
Cleavage: Indistinct
Color: Blue, blue-green
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Form/Habit: Prismatic
Fracture: Conchoidal, uneven, brittle
Gravity: 2.68-2.74
Hardness: 7.5-8
Luminescence: Green, weak (short and long waves)
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: White
Transparency: Transparent to opaque

Location:  The best Aquamarines are from Brazil. Additional deposits are located in Angola, Australia, China, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Mynamar (Burma), Namibia, Nigeria, the United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

aquamarine mine locations

Mineral Family: Aquamarine is the blue variety of Beryl, which is in turn a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz, Feldspar, and Beryl.  Beryl is a unique family in that all of its members are considered “gemstones.”  Green Beryl is called Emerald, Pink Beryl is Morganite, and Blue Beryl is Aquamarine.

Formation: Aquamarine is typically formed in igneous rocks, particularly Granite. On rare occasions, it is found in sedimentary rocks such as Shale or Limestone. Beryl crystals form as columnar, hexagonal prisms. Aquamarine forms larger and more transparent crystals than Emerald or other Beryl varieties. Its rich blue color is imparted by trace amounts of iron in colorless Beryl.

Mining: Most Beryl mining is a byproduct of mining Feldspar, Mica, or Granite. No large deposits of Aquamarines have ever been found.

Enhancements: Lab created Aquamarine is widely available in the fine gemstone market. In some cases, less desirable light blue stones may be heat-treated to bring out a more vivid color. 

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Photos: Rough Aquamarine

History of Aquamarine

Aquamarine has a very ancient tradition as a healing stone. In 1609, it was officially named Aquamarine, Latin for “sea blue,” by Anselmus de Boodt in his gemstone book, Gemmarum et Lapidum Historia. Aquamarine mermaid Prior to that, it was simply called “sea-green beryl”. It has been used by sailors as a talisman against drowning for centuries.  

The earliest reference to beryls was recorded in De Virtutibus Lapidum in the 2nd century BCE. It stated, “This stone is good…for damage to the eyes, and for all sickness if it is put in water and given as a drink.” A century later, Pliny the Elder discussed aquamarine in his Natural History. Book 37, “The Natural History of Precious Gemstones,” focused exclusively on the Beryl family. Of Aquamarine he wrote, “The most esteemed beryls are those which in color resemble the pure green of the sea…which seems to have come from some mermaid’s treasure house, in the depths of the summer sea, its charm not to be denied.”

During the Roman era, Beryls were thought to have the energy of “young love” and were the traditional gift given to a bride by her groom the morning after their wedding. According to an old Roman legend, “When blessed and worn it joins in love and does great things.” It was also believed that Aquamarine’s color would change to reveal truth and lies, friends and foes, as well as the fidelity of a lover.

During the Middle Ages, Beryl was the most popular “oracle crystal”. Most commonly the Beryl would be hung from a string and used as a pendent. However, according to the 17th century scholar Sir Reginald Scot a Beryl could be supercharged by a ceremony, conducted at sunrise on a day with clear weather. stthomasHe described the ceremony in his book, Discoverie of Witchcraft, which also provided many testimonials for its effectiveness, but only if carried out exactly. “A child, born in wedlock, was to take the crystal in his hands, and the operator, kneeling behind him, was to repeat a prayer to St. Helen, that what he wished would become evident in the stone. The finest stone would manifest an image of the saint in her angelic form, and answer any question asked of her.”

Beryl has been the symbol of the apostle Thomas since the 10th century. The association was first determined by Andreas Bishop of Caesarea, one of the earliest writers to associated the apostles with the Foundation Stones of Revelation 20:1. He wrote: “The beryl, imitating the colors of the sea and or the air, and not unlike the jacinth, seems to suggest the admirable Thomas, especially as he made a long journey by seas, and even reached the Indies, sent by God to preach salvation to the peoples of the region.”

Ethically Sourced Aquamarine


The Miner sell directly to the Gem Dealer/Exporter.

The Exporter sells directly to the Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.






The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is short.

The Mine and Lapidary are in different countries.

At least one middleman is involved.



The Mine

This Aquamarine is a byproduct of an industrial granite mine in Angola.

Learn More: Ethical Mining



The Lapidary

This Aquamarine was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary


Sourcing Relationship

I have been doing business with this source since 2014.  They are the oldest tumbling company in the world and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source.  The company started in California in the 1950s and was eventually bought by a British immigrant who had young sons.  Eventually the company moved to South Africa in order to be closer to the source of their best-selling stone and to have the legal rights to export it.  The company is now run by the sons and their childhood best friend.

The current owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally.  For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners.  The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.  Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin.  For those that aren’t, I ask the owners directly.  As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them.  However, they remain my preferred source for most of the stones I sell from sub-Sahara Africa.

Safe Handling of Aquamarine


What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Aquamarine

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Angola

Polishing Method: Drum polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.


  • Color: Green or blue-green
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Irregular tumbled shapes
  • Size: Average size varies
    • Small is 1 in / 25 mm
    • Large is 1.5 in / 38 mm
  • Transparency: May be opaque or translucent depending on thickness
  • Weight: Average weight varies
    • Small is 0.4 oz / 11 g / 56 carats
    • Large is 0.7 oz / 20 g / 99 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.


  1. Raina B. (New Mexico)

    Arrived swiftly and safely – and sparkly as always! Thank you, again, for all your positive energy in choosing stones for me. I always appreciate it. I’m thankful to have a beautiful and ethical rock collection!

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