Aquamarine is a translucent to transparent pale blue to pale green, but most commonly, pale, icy blue. The aquamarine is a semiprecious stone of the Beryl family, making it related to Emeralds. Deep Green Beryl is Emerald, Pink Beryl is termed Morganite and Yellow Beryl is called Heliodore. Because of its pale blue-green color it has been associated with water since ancient times. Its name is derived from the Latin for "water" and "sea," and so is thought to protect sailors and ships. Said to increase rational thought and intelligence and make people insightful in business matters. Aquamarine beads have been found in ancient Egyptian mummy pits, and the Romans were the first to record uses for aquamarine gemstones as a healing agent. Aquamarine is a stone of courage. Some of its healing properties are used for calming energies reducing stress and silent the mind. Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people. It can invoke tolerance of others and overcomes judgmentalism, while giving support to those overwhelmed by responsibility. It's also assumed to clarify perception, sharpen the intellect and clears confusion. It's useful for closure on all levels, promotes self-expression, soothes fears, increases sensitivity, sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance. Aquamarine is great for meditation. It shields the aura and aligns the chakras. This member of the Beryl family also discourages miscarriage by being very safeguarding during pregnancy, and it helps guard both mother and baby from harm. Modern crystal healers also use aquamarine to deal with glandular disorders and as an aid in maintaining healthy eyes. By wearing this semi precious gem as a necklace is essential for sore throats, swollen glands and thyroid problems. It regulates hormones, growth, boosts the immune system, and alleviates overreactions such as hay fever or allergies. Aquamarine counteracts short-or long-sightedness.
Scientific Properties of Aquamarine is composed of Beryllium Aluminum Silicate (Beryl) Aquamarine Identified by its hardness and distinct hexagonal crystals (6 sided crystals), Aquamarine is found in pegmatite--igneous rocks which cooled slowly, allowing large crystals to form. Aquamarines are mined in a number of exotic places including Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique, but most of the gemstones available today come from Brazil and Mozambique.
With a hardness of 7.5 on the Moh's Hardness Scale, aquamarine is a durable gem perfect for everyday wear.
Aquamarine is typically pastel but the darker the color, the more expensive it is. Connoisseurs also prefer a pure blue, with no green or gray in it. If you prefer a greenish tint, you will find that these stones are less expensive. Greenish aquamarine is often heated to remove the yellow component of the color. Buyer Beware! Heat treating the gem can enhance the blueness, though it will defeat the mystical effects of the stone. Synthetic aquamarines are generally spinels (white sapphires) treated with cobalt to develop the blueness. This beautiful gemstone is the birthstone for March. Its icy blue color is a flattering complement to a wide range of skin tones, making this gem a timeless classic of the gem world.
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