Aquamarine (from Latin: aqua marina, "sea water") is a blue or cyan variety of beryl. It occurs at most localities which yield ordinary beryl. The gem-gravel placer deposits of Sri Lanka contain aquamarine. Green-yellow beryl, such as that occurring in Brazil, is sometimes called chrysolite aquamarine. The deep blue version of aquamarine is called maxixe. Maxixe is commonly found in the country of Madagascar. Its color fades to white when exposed to sunlight or is subjected to heat treatment, though the color returns with irradiation.
The pale blue color of aquamarine is attributed to Fe2+. Fe3+ ions produce golden-yellow color, and when both Fe2+ and Fe3+ are present, the color is a darker blue as in maxixe. De-coloration of maxixe by light or heat thus may be due to the charge transfer between Fe3+ and Fe2+. Dark-blue maxixe color can be produced in green, pink or yellow beryl by irradiating it with high-energy particles (gamma rays, neutrons or even X-rays). [en.wikipedia.org]
- Renowned for providing one with safe travel over or on water.
- This stone has been used for healing and cleansing for centuries.
- Heightens one's level of compassion and tranquillity.
- Helps with self-reflection and understanding.
- Symbolizes rebirth and reassurance.
- Aids in better dealing with depression, grief, and mourning.
- Provides the possessor with an increased level of self-confidence and courage.
- Helps one be better prepared in everyday situations and enhances intellectual awareness.
- Known as a "mermaid stone" centuries ago.
- Has been known as a stone of empowerment.
- Ushers in the spirit of good will, friendship, and love.
- Believed to provide fisherman with bountiful catches.
- Protects in the negative effects of gossip.
- Provides a clear channel to tap into the Divine.
- Is a stone that establishes peace and harmony.
- Helps better deal with trauma and wrongdoings of the past.
- Is said to connect the heart and throat chakras for the betterment of all types of communication.
- Thought to help treat coughing, sinus conditions, and allergies.
- Has long believed to be awaken one's paranormal abilities and even connect with one's spirit guide.
- Thought to cure laziness and grant one with energy.
- Believed to help improve vision.
- Thought to curtail the effects of poison in the Middle Ages.
Historical Figures Who Used Aquamarine
- William Langland, English author.
- Neptune, Roman God of the Sea.
- Pliny the Elder, Roman philosopher.
- St. Thomas.
- Akna, the Mayan Goddess of Motherhood.
- Kuan Yin, the Chinese Goddess of Unconditional Love and Mercy.
- High Priest of the Second Temple.