Aquamarine (Angola)

Courageous Communication

Calm your mind, and both speak and listen from the heart.

Be compassionate towards others and responsible for yourself.

Unite logic and intuition into a single accurate vision.

Move past “baggage” and follow your bliss wherever it leads.

Let Aquamarine inspire you to a greater awareness!


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Healing Properities of Aquamarine

Spiritual: Aquamarine encourages spiritual growth and awareness. It makes an excellent scrying stone and increases clairvoyance and intuition. Aquamarine reminds us to remain upright in all of our dealings and to behave honorably at all times. As a communication stone, it can help us to speak our truth calmly and accurately and to clearly understand other people’s positions and beliefs. Aquamarine is attuned to the Heart and Throat Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Aries, Gemini, Pisces. It is connected to the element of Water and vibrates to the number 1.

Emotional: Aquamarine helps remind us why we love the people we love, and to be more consciously aware and kind towards them. It brings a lighthearted energy and instills 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 courageously 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 enhances the ability to rapidly assimilate information. It also increases our intellectual reasoning processes, and unites intuition with logic. Aquamarine encourage us to always be prepared and to survive whatever comes. It clears up confusion and encourages organization. Aquamarine helps us to stay goal-orientated, honest, and persistent.

Physical: Aquamarine has been used for eye care for centuries. Today it is also used by metaphysical healers to soothe sore throats and symptoms of hay fever or other allergies. Aquamarine is an excellent stone for anyone who has experience chronic stress, as meditation with this stone will help harmonize the pituitary gland.

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. 

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
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: Bright blue
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Irregular tumbled shapes
  • Size: Average size is .75 in / 19 mm
  • Transparency: May be opaque or translucent depending on thickness
  • Weight: Average weight is .4 oz / 11 g / 56 carats

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



  1. Cheryl M. (Canada)

    Very happy with this Aquamarine.
    So much positive energy!! Highly recommend This shop!!

  2. Misty R. (Texas)

    Thank you for your intuition. Each individual stone has been so beautiful!

  3. Cheryl M. (Canada)

    A big thank you to You Julie!! Thank you for my beautiful order!! I love all the crystals!! Thank you for your care!! Blessings to you!!

  4. Gina R. (New Hampshire)

    I think if there was a Most Needed Crystal of the Year, Aquamarine would be in the Top 3 contenders for 2020. This beautiful stone arrived buzzing with positive energy, with a card that calls it the stone of “Courageous Communication. Calm your mind, and speak and hear from the heart. Be compassionate to others & responsible for yourself …” Adding all of that to my 2020 Survival Crystal Fort. Thank you, Julie, for secure packaging, fast shipping, and excellent communication!

  5. Bobbi W. (Michigan)

    As always, perfect. My neice loved the herbal tea too!

  6. Christina A. (Florida)

    The stone arrived really quickly. Great Quality!

  7. Janet B. (California)

    We just received the crystals they are gorgeous. Thank you so much.

  8. Gwen H. (Washington)

    Such an amazing aquamarine! So full of life. It’s perfect for me! Thank you for picking such a beautiful gem to send.

  9. Brenda L. (California)

    Beautiful stone, perfect for me. Thank you!

  10. Bradley O. (Wisconsin)

    Absolutely beautiful Aquamarine that was ethically sourced… and seller is awesome to work with!! Thank you!!

  11. Emily G. (Virginia)

    I needed some help speaking up and communicating clearly. Julie gave me some recommendations- aquamarine is the stone I chose. I look forward to testing it out. If nothing else, I find it soothing and calming. Shipped quickly. Thank you!

  12. Nancy B. (Oregon)

    The aquamarines arrived and are just beautiful. Thank you so much.

  13. Tone D. (Norway)

    I received the stones today, and their energy is so strong and positive.

  14. Michelle V. (Georgia)

    Really really nice, thanks!

  15. Patricia M (Virginia)

    Julie, you chose the loveliest Aqumarine stone for me! I just love it — the color is beautiful… and the light dancing within just fascinates me! What a gorgeous crystal! Thank you SO much… I want to tell you how much I admire your Feel Loved Crystal project. I’m following you on facebook now in order to hear more about it. I will certainly keep it in mind. Blessings!

  16. Lynda G. (Michigan)

    Shimmery beautiful blue like it very much

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    Received guickly very satisfied. Thanks seller!!

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    Fast shipping! Very happy with purchase!! Great seller!! A+++

  19. Joan T. (Iowa)

    thank you so much for the beautiful stones. You sent me some very nice ones

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    Julie is a very gifted crystal intuitive; could not be any happier!

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  25. Karen W. (Texas)

    I placed a special order for some crystals with Julie for my niece who graduated with a BSc. in Marine Biology. Julie was so responsive and helpful in creating a beautiful and unique collection for my niece. She even went out to the ocean to see what “gift” the ocean would provide and sent along a lovely piece of coral as well. Julie is very knowledgeable and the crystals are gorgeous – with most included that I would not have thought of! She also put in detailed descriptions of each crystal. You cannot go wrong! Julie is so passionate about her work and it shows from every angle! Thank you, Julie for your kindness, thoroughness and patience — and for your huge collection of amazing crystals!

  26. Jeff W. (Kentucky)

    Great Transaction! Fast Shipping! Wonderful product! Repeat Customer!

  27. Samina S. (Ohio)

    Lovely stone, thank you much.

  28. Tanya N. (California)

    It was such a delight when I received my precious gemstones. Always fast shipping and wonderful service. 🙂

  29. Jen R. (Florida)

    Thank you SO much! Beautiful and great energy! 🙂

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  31. Ann R. (Indiana)

    Seller identified each crystal-which was a big help!

  32. Tim T. (Iowa)

    Excellent! Perfect! Thank You! Highly Recommended Seller!! 🙂

  33. Lynda S. (New Hampshire)

    Great aquamarine stone. Beautiful blue Color. Loved it. Fast shipping.

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  35. Michiko K. (California)

    very good!

  36. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    Beautiful aquamarine with a wonderful silvery flash! Thank you so much!

  37. Patti N. (Texas)

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  38. Jody B. (Georgia)

    Lovely aquamarine! I’m very happy with my newest birthstone!

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    Wonderful seller! Great communication! Fast Shipping! Will buy again

  41. Catherine R. (New Jersey)

    Perfect! I love it!

  42. Samina J. (Ohio)

    This is so beautiful! Makes me feel like a water goddess!

  43. Lamika R. (Virginia)

    The most gorgeous aquamarine stones. They arrived quickly. Brightest Blessings!

  44. Nikki B. (Washington)

    These are lovely crystals with sparkling energy! I love the yummy velvet bag they came in too. The seller is very loving and kindhearted! I hope to work with you again!!! <3

  45. Michael E. (Washington)

    A beautiful stone from a very nice person to deal with. Highly recommended.

  46. Kevan S. (Pennsylvania)

    What a beautiful Blue!! This was a gift, a birthstone – pocket stone for my fiance. He loves it! The seller is wonderful to work with! Thank you so much! I will be back to order with you again!

  47. Joe F. (New York)

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  48. Patricia F. (Maryland)

    So pretty! Nice to have natural, undyed stones look so lovely! Very prettya love them both. 🙂

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    Fast Shipping! Great Product! Great Transaction! I am a repeat Customer!

  51. Aviva N. (Maryland)

    Absolutely stunning stone. Thank you!

  52. Rebecca D. (Pennsylvania)

    Lovely stone, beautiful addition to our collection

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  54. Ilona S. (Connecticut)

    Arrived safely! Thanks!

  55. Jovan C. (Arizona)

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  56. Kristina B. (Missouri)

    The color is fantastic on these crystals! They got here super fast too~

  57. Jovan C. (Arizona)

    Very pretty color and size. It even feels soothing!

  58. Christopher P. (Ohio)

    Awesome gemstone and fast delivery!! Will do business with again!!

  59. Laith A. (New York)

    Love it. Thank you very much.

  60. Samina J. (Ohio)

    This is a beautiful stone! I’m loving the water magic!

  61. Richard J. S. (California)

    very nice, and the tea too

  62. Jet P. (Maryland)

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  63. Jet P. (Maryland)

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  64. Jennie L. (West Virginia)

    Very pretty!

  65. Cheri H. (Ohio)

    Awesome As Always * Super Fast Shipping * Thank You

  66. Kelly W. (Minnesota)

    Beautiful blue crystal. 🙂

  67. Yi L. (Singapore)

    Thank you for the excellent service and blessings.

  68. Lauren H. (Georgia)

    Fast shipping! Gorgeous piece!! Love! Blessings!

  69. Joan H. (Texas)

    I received the blue lace agate and aquamarine they are beautiful. Amazing stone!

  70. Christine F. (Illinois)

    Beautiful crystals, wonderful communication, a true pleasure! Thanks so much!

  71. Jennifer P. (Massachusetts)

    Rare and super beautiful shade of blue.

  72. Danielle G. (Oklahoma)

    Gorgeous! I love it! You are the best!

  73. Dani S. (Florida)

    I’m thrilled! My aquamarine was beyond gorgeous and the seller is so sweet!

  74. Dani S. (Florida)

    The aquamarine was so beautiful I couldn’t believe it. I was only buying it to use as part of my circle casting to represent water, but I am so excited about this particular one because it is so gorgeous. Thank you also for the personal note and for the bonus tea.
    I will definitely be buying from you in the future!

  75. Richard K. (California)

    GORGEOUS Aquamarine, nice and clear; LOVE IT!!! AAAAAA++++++!!!!!!

  76. Kathleen S. (California)

    Great quality, good communications, fast shipping, 5 star seller!

  77. Rie W. (Arizona)

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  78. A.G. M. (California)

    Thank You !!

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