Cleansing, Compassion, Healing, Soothing, Serenity, Reflection, Rebirth, and Safe Travels over Water
The name aquamarine, which is derived from the latin words aqua (water) and marina (sea). Together they give aquamarine the meaning of “water of the sea.”
Aquamarines can be found in a number of locations in the United States, including Wyoming and Colorado. In the rest of the world, aquamarines can be found in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Madagascar, Zambia, India, Colombia and Brazil.
Aquamarine is a light blue variety of beryl. It was long ago considered a mermaid stone, part of their undersea treasure troves. Roman philosopher Pliny addresses the mermaid treasure in this line handed down over the ages, “the lovely aquamarine, which seems to have come from some mermaid’s treasure house, in the depths of a summer sea, has charms not to be denied.”
Sailors would take the stone with them for safe voyages and as good luck tokens. Roman fisherman were said to have first dubbed the stone aqua marina (Water of the Sea), who believed it provided them with abundant catches. Because the Romans attributed the aquamarine with purifying powers, they would carve chalices of the mineral for drinking. They would also carve a frog on the surface of the stone in belief that it would reconcile people at odds with each other and bring in the spirit of harmony and friendship.
Even before the Greeks and Romans, earlier civilizations prized the aquamarine. The Egyptians and Sumerians believed it was a symbol of happiness and would grant everlasting youth. Archeologists have found aquamarine in many Egyptian tombs and burial pits. The Greeks used aquamarine in their art as long as two thousand years ago.
In 1377, Englishman William Langland wrote the manuscript “Piers Plowman,” which just happens to state that the aquamarine could be used as an antidote for poisoning. This belief was widely held in Europe at the time. Poisoning was rather common among the nobility of the period, as so aquamarine was in high demand among the privileged.
Aquamarine’s folklore doesn’t end there… also during the Medieval times, people thought that aquamarine could smooth over married relationships and bring love back to an estranged couple. They also associated the aquamarine with St. Thomas, who traveled far and wide when he preached, even as far as India.
The largest gem-quality aquamarine ever recorded was found in 1910 in Brazil. It weighed over 200 pounds, and was subsequently cut into hundreds of smaller stones with a carat weight totally more than 200,000 carats. The largest faceted aquamarine in the world is the Dom Pedro Aquamarine. It’s currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
Aquamarine is the state stone of Colorado.
Aquamarine is attributed to the element water, most likely due to its name and the abundant folklore connecting it to the sea. It is said to protect sailors when out on their voyages, and even to prevent sea-sickness. Today aquamarine is said to protect anyone traveling over the water, out on lakes, oceans or any wide river or channel.
Its water association also affects how aquamarine is said to work on the energetic body… flowing, washing away, cleansing, soothing. When meditating with an aquamarine, it is reported to bring peace, serenity and clear a channel to communicate with the Divine. It calms nerves and helps soothe the ravages of grief and depression. This stone is said to assist in releasing of old, stuck emotional issues in the psyche, allowing for new healthy changes to be made in one’s life. With these healthy changes comes increased courage to continue living to your greatest potential.
The water energy of aquamarine has a beneficial effect on the environment. It promotes peace and harmony, stillness and reflection in any room in which it is placed. Water energy encourages regeneration, rejuvenation and rebirth, in a gently evolving cycle. In Feng Shui, this stone and its energy correspond to the northern portion of a room or home.
Aquamarine connects the throat and heart chakras, aiding in open, authentic communication and emotional truth. Not only is it said to open authentic, truthful communication, but there is also folklore that says aquamarine can protect a person from the harmful effects of gossip. This opening of communication channels isn’t just between oneself and the Divine, or between the self and others, but also within the bodily systems. It helps the cells communicate with each other better, the nerves, and so forth. Channels of communication flow past obstacles like water over river stones.
Emotionally, aquamarine sooths and flows over the rough edges of depression and fear, leaving in its wake healing and purification of thoughts. Meditating with aquamarine over time can help you find new solutions to old problems, when it helps you let go of the past or thought patterns that aren’t working for you anymore. It helps you think in new ways, adapting and filling in where needed.
Aquamarine is considered a love stone, but more the gentle compassionate kind of love. It is said it can help rejuvenate and reinvigorate the love between people long married, and that it can help attract new friends when your life needs fullness. You might even feel a romantic optimism in any intimate relationships you are currently in. This compassionate energy gently cradles people with PTSD, and people recovering from abuses in their past. Aquamarine assists in self-healing through love.