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Aquamarine Properties, Meaning, Facts and Photos

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Contents

1. What is Aquamarine? 
2. Megan Markle's Aquamarine Ring
3. Aquamarine Healing Properties
4. Article Pictures
5. Shop Aquamarine

What is Aquamarine?

Aquamarine is the blue-green variety of the mineral beryl.  The sky blue coloured stone tends to be the most popular but is often heat treated.

Blue topaz which is also heated can sometimes be mistaken for aquamarine.  Without careful inspection it can be difficult to tell one from the other.  One of the main differences is aquamarine is far more expensive than topaz and stones in larger sizes are rare.

Meghan Markle wore an aquamarine cocktail ring on her wedding day.  It originally belonged to Diana Princess of Wales.

An aquamarine tiara, necklace and earrings were made for the late Queen Elizabeth II.  They all featured large rectangular aquamarine stones set alongside diamonds.

The necklace and earrings were given to her in 1953 by the president of Brazil as a gift for her coronation.

In 1957 the tiara was designed to match the necklace and earrings.  A year later she received a bracelet and brooch to complete the set. 

Prince Harry and Megan Markle driving open top car

The colour of aquamarine can vary from the deepest shade of green to the lightest blue.  It's caused by impurities of iron within the mineral beryl.

Aquamarine is widely used as a gemstone.  It grades 7.5 to 8 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.

Most of the finest crystals come from Brazil, Mozambique, Madagascar, Nigeria, Zambia, Angola and India.

On the modern birthstone list aquamarine is the birthstone for March.  On the traditional list it can be used as an alternative to tourmaline.

The mineral beryl is associated with the zodiac sign of scorpio.  With aquamarine being the blue variety it's often used instead.

Aquamarine Healing Properties

When used for its healing properties aquamarine promotes emotional balance and harmony.

This captivating gemstone is renowned for its blue-green colour.  The meaning of "aquamarine" comes from the Latin words "aqua marina" meaning "water of the sea."  As such it has long been associated with the soothing calming energies of water.

Aquamarine promotes a sense of tranquility and relaxation.  When used with meditation it enhances clarity and encourages a deep state of serenity.

Known as the "stone of courage" it inspires feelings of fearlessness and inner strength. It can empower you to overcome challenges and obstacles by providing the confidence needed to express yourself well. 

Aquamarine encourages change.  It strengthens intuition to support decision-making and enhances communication skills.

Its gentle and compassionate energy assists in the release of emotional baggage, facilitating healing and promoting harmony within relationships.

It's believed to encourage forgiveness, compassion and understanding.  This can help you to let go of resentment and promote healthy emotional connections.
   
In ancient times sailors believed the mermaid's tail was made from pure aquamarine.  For this reason it was often carried to bring luck and protection from the dangers of being at sea.
fine aquamarine mineral specimenAquamarine was often carved with images of Poseidon or Neptune the Greek and Roman Gods of the sea.  It was believed placing a stone under your pillow would ensure sound sleep.

Today aquamarine is still believed to be in tune with the ocean.  When used for its healing properties it promotes tranquility and calmness and may help alleviate irrational fears.

Aquamarine encourages creativity and self-expression.  It helps those burdened with great responsibility by bringing strength, wisdom and clarity.  Its gentle energies help reduce stress replacing it with peace and calmness. 

Aquamarine is a wonderful stone to use for deep healing of mind, body and spirit.

The healing properties of aquamarine are highly personal and subjective. Different people may experience different benefits based on their own beliefs, experiences and intentions.

Aquamarine can be used for its healing properties in different ways. Healing with crystals must always be approached with an open mind.

Article Pictures

The aquamarine in our photo at the top of this article is from Brazil.  It's housed in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. Photo by Stone Mania.

The next photo is from an article in Elle magazine.

The aquamarine in the third photo is courtesy of Stan Celestian. 

Photos are clickable and redirect to the original image. 

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