Aquamarine, named by the Romans after it's resemblance to the sea. Aquamarine is a member of the beryl mineral family. Aquamarines vary in color from almost colorless pale blue to blue-green or teal of different intensities, caused by traces of iron. Naturally occurring deep blue stones are the most prized. Aquamarines are often heat treated to change a blue-green or teal colored stone to a pure blue. This results in a permanent color change. Women across the globe love it for its fine blue shades which can complement almost any skin or eye colour.
Polished and Cut Aquamarine
Aquamarine as a gift.
- The birthstone for March.
- The birthstone for the zodiac sign Scorpio.
- Suggested gem gift for 16 and 19 year wedding anniversaries.
- It is the offical state gemstone of Colorado.
The color of Aquamarine.
- The light blue of aquamarine brings feelings of sympathy, trust, harmony and friendship. The blue of aquamarine is a divine, eternal color because it is the color of the sky.
- Aquamarine blue is also the colour of water with its life-giving force.
Aquamarine folklore for protection.
- Safe voyage and protection against monsters and perils of the sea.
- The source of power for soothsayers who use it to tell the future.
- Wearing aquamarine, according to the old traditions, promises a happy marriage and is said to bring the woman who wears it joy and wealth into the bargain.
Aquamarine folklore for health.
- Cures ailments of the stomache, liver, jaws ans throat.
- It has also been recommended for toothaches.
- During the Middle Ages, an effective antidote against poison.
Aquamarine Bead Chips
Other historical uses of Aquamarine.
- Once used in eyeglasses in Germany to correct shortsightedness. The name for eyeglasses in germine is "brille" which comes from the mineral name "beryl". Aquamarine is a beryl.
- Beads of aquamarine are found in ancient Egyptian mummy tombs. They were used as a tribute gemstone to the Gods of the Nether world for safe passage.
Links to beadwork with Aquamarine.