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Chemical Formula: Be3Al2SiO6
Color: Blue, greenish-blue
Crystal Structure: Hexagonal
Cleavage: 3,1 - basal
Transparency: Transparent to translucent
Mythology: In Medieval times, the stone was thought to reawaken the love of married couples. It was also believed to render soldiers invincible. Aquamarine was also considered the most appropriate morning gift to give to a bride by her groom following the consummation of their marriage. The Greeks and the Romans knew the aquamarine as the sailor’s gem, ensuring the safe and prosperous passage across stormy seas.
Usage: Translucent Aquamarine displaying cat's eye effect and asterism are uncommon, but they do exist and are cut and polished into cabochons. Lesser quality Aquamarines lacking good transparency are sometimes used as beads and as rough polished stones in bracelets and necklaces. It is a popular stone for rings, earrings, necklaces, and other jewelry forms. Many exceptionally large and flawless Aquamarine gem pieces have been cut. Occasionally, perfect, flawless, six-sided crystals are worn as necklace pendants.
Metaphysical Properties: It can heal sinus conditions and frequent coughing, and is effective for hay fever and other chronic allergies. It relieves colds and bronchitis. Aquamarine is a cooling stone, countering infections and useful for laryngitis, strep throat or a sore throat. It is beneficial for teeth and gum problems.
Tired eyes and some vision problems can be relieved if Aquamarine is placed on the eyelids for 20 minutes every night. Placed on the solar plexus, it will calm nervous spasms.
Healing Properties: Sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance. Aquamarine is a stone of courage. Its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind. Aquamarine is helpful to sore throats, swollen glands and thyroid problems. It regulates hormones and growth. Boosts the immune system and alleviates overreactions, such as hayfever or allergies. Counteracts short-or long-sightedness. Shields the aura and aligns the chakras. Highly protective during pregnancy, it helps to guard both mother and baby from harm. Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people. It can invoke tolerance of others and overcomes judgmentalism, giving support to those overwhelmed by responsibility. Clarifies perception, sharpens the intellect and clears confusion. Useful for closure on all levels. Promotes self-expression. Soothes fears and increases sensitivity. Wonderful for meditation.