Aquamarine ~ March’s Blue Beauty

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Who doesn’t love the the mesmerizing appearance of Aquamarine.  It’s name is taken from the Latin “aqua marina,” which means “water of the sea.”  The color and clarity of this stone reflect the beauty of the sea. Because aquamarine is such a soothing, calm, reflective color.  It is said that because the sea itself is a source of life, aquamarine connects the wearer with that deep sense of tranquility and uplift.

What is it?

Aquamarine is a variety of beryl.  It is the cyan version, whereas other popular stones of the same family are emerald, morganite and heliodor.  In their raw form you recognize them for their resinous glossy luster.  Aquamarine derives its sea-blue color from the presence of iron.

 

Like other colorful gemstones, aquamarine’s hues can range from very pale, nearly colorless hue, to deep, saturated blue. The deep blue variety has a special name, maxixe. Maxixe is most commonly excavated from Madagascar.

Aquamarine frog

Fun Facts

Ancient Romans believed that aquamarine could absorb and amplify love.  Roman grooms gifted their brides with aquamarine the morning after they were married. It was believed that by wearing the aquamarine, the bride could capture the energy of young love and the couple could carry it with them going forward into the years ahead.

Also in Ancient Rome, frogs were carved out of aquamarine gems. It was believed that these aquamarine frog figurines had the power to reconcile enemies and build friendships.

In ancient Greece, Sailors carried aquamarine with them on lengthy sea voyages, believing that the gem would connect them with the ocean and foster a safe journey.

In the Middle Ages, soldiers wore aquamarine into battle, believing that it would protect them. Aquamarine also remained strongly linked to the ideal of romantic love.

It was popular among royalty for the outrageous claim that it protected the wearer against poisoning.  In 1377, William Langland wrote about aquamarine In a piece titled, The Vision Concerning Piers and the Plowman. In which, he asserted that aquamarine was an effective antidote and it was believed that simply wearing the gem was enough to confer protection.

Aquamarine is the stone of St Thomas, who crossed the sea to spread his faith.

Aquamarine was carved into a crystal ball for use of  medieval fortune-telling.  Sometimes it was used as a pendulum for scrying, and sometimes practitioners would drop a stone inside a bowl of water and look for patterns in the ripples.

The largest aquamarine ever found was discovered in Brazil in 1910. The stone weighed in at an astounding 243 pounds. Once it was cut down, the resulting gemstones totaled around 200,000 carats in weight.

Raw aquamarine glass.

Raw aquamarine glass.

 

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