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!
Mineralogy of Aquamarine
Mineral Family: Cyclosilicates
Chemical Composition: Al2 Be3 [Si6 O18]
Color: Blue, blue-green
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Fracture: Conchoidal, uneven, brittle
Luminescence: Green, weak (short and long waves)
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.
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.
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. 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. He 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.”
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 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 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 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.
Ethically Sourced Aquamarine
The Miners sell 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 located in the same country.
This Aquamarine was artisanally-mined near Karur, Tamil Naidu, India.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Aquamarine was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is owned by a woman and is a family business.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met the owner of the lapidary in 2014 at the Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. It was my first buying trip for my own store and I was nervous. Most lapidary owners were brisk and impatient with my questions, especially when I asked about the mines and the supply chains. But one man stood out to me as particularly patient and kind. He had been a whole-seller for over twenty years, yet he was happy to meet someone brand-new to the industry.
He took time to talk to me about the stones. They came from his home country of India and he was able to tell me exactly which state or territory each one came from and some of the conditions at the individual mines. When I told him that I wanted to source ethically, he said that it would be difficult, but that it was worthwhile challenge. He made me feel like I could succeed, both at ethical sourcing and at being a business woman.
I looked forward to a long business relationship with him. He died, unexpectedly, in 2016.
I stayed in touch with his family and in 2017 met his wife, teenage daughter, and his father. This three-generation family has picked up the pieces and learned how to run the business. The wife had never worked before, but she has gracefully stepped into her new role as a business owner. Her father-in-law offers practical and moral support, but makes sure that everyone knows that SHE is the boss and that checks should be written directly to her. The family continues to be supportive of my efforts to ethically source. More than any other lapidary, they are willing to speak openly with me about the difficult parts of the industry.
Aquamarine Tumbled Stone
Color: Blue. This is a 100 % natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Aquamarine
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