[EDITED] All About Aquamarine

Gemjunky

Friday 13, 2018

The beautiful Aquamarine gemstone is a favorite among jewelry designers and natural healers. It possesses many highly sought after properties and brings beauty to any wearer! Read below to learn more!

The Science

Aquamarine is a hard gem, generally a 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale (a qualitative scare that measure the hardness of a mineral by scratched a harder mineral against it). The hardness makes it difficult to scratch, so it is ideal for rings and bracelets. As a member of the beryl family, aquamarine is related to the emerald, but it gets it blue color from the iron in its makeup, and the shade depends on the iron content. Aquamarine varies between pale blue, blue green, and pure water-colored blue. Transparent, moderately bright blue gems are the most expensive variety of aquamarine. Typically, more opaque gems or those with inclusions visible to the naked eye are used for beads, cravings, and sculptures. Although this stone can be found throughout the world, the largest aquamarine mine, named the Santa Maria de Itabira, is located in Brazil. The largest aquamarine gem ever discovered came from another large mine in Brazil. That stone weighed almost 250 pounds and was cut into stones totaling over 100,000 carats!

The Myth

The name of this gem obviously relates to water--specifically, it’s Latin for seawater or water of the sea. It makes sense then that, “According to legend, aquamarine originated in the treasure chest of fabulous mermaids, and has since ancient times, been regarded as the sailor's lucky stone.” Today, many natural healers associate aquamarine with the throat chakra, claiming that it can aid in clear communication. As jewelry, worn close to the skin, the stone can bring clarity and self-awareness. Crystal healers recommend meditating with an uncut aquamarine crystal to promote peace and serenity.

Look at all our jewelry designs, including the pieces that feature aquamarine, and decide which gemstones you prefer.

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