Who Needs Aquamarine Crystals?
You may benefit from Aquamarine crystals if you can relate to any of the following:
- You need to cool down your fiery energies
- You want to speak your truth to the world
- You are a singer or performer
- You have a connection to the seas
- You want to balance your Throat chakra
What is Aquamarine?
Aquamarine is the only blue-green crystal of the colorful Beryl mineral family. If you remember, we discussed Amazonite earlier being the only blue-green crystal of the Feldspar family? Well, similarly, Aquamarine is prized its family for its standout color.
Another standout in the Beryl family being green Emeralds. Where Emerald gets most of its green color from Chromium, Aquamarine gets its blue-green colors from Iron.
Lisa's Personal Experience with Aquamarine
I am so lucky to be surrounded by crystals all of the time. I don't easily become attached to a specific piece because I enjoy watching new gems come in to the shop and go off to their rightful homes. One of the only crystals that I call my own is a large raw Aquamarine gemstone.
My Aquamarine is a rich blue, a superb color and form. It was a gift given to me several years ago by a fellow crystal vendor who noticed my love for the piece.
The healing gemstone sits right in front of my computer monitor, which means that I see it all the time. I pretty much spend half my life in front of the computer. I feel that it calms my otherwise anxious mind, and protects me from electromagnetic pollution.
Another thing I value about the precious gemstone is that it corresponds to my Throat Chakra - of which I'm constantly working to improve. Communication is a key life lesson that comes back to bite me all the time, and with Aquamarine I'm making good progress with being more fluid and empathetic in my speech and thoughts.
I give thanks to my blessed Aquamarine for being by my side.
Watch the Aquamarine Stone Video
Click to watch the Aquamarine Stones Youtube video. This is a part of our A-Z Satin Crystals Meanings video playlist, where we answer your top 5 questions on all of the most popular crystals.
In this video, we will also go over our personal experiences and show you examples of Aquamarine crystals. Feel free to comment directly on the video with your own questions and experiences.
Where is Aquamarine Found?
Aquamarine is found mostly in Brazil, the Urals of Russia (although the mines here may be exhausted), Queensland in Australia, Myanmar Burma, China, India, Kenya, Zambia, Colombia, Tanzania, the United States and many other localities.
Despite its name, Aquamarine is not found in the water. It did form in water, though, so there's the correlation!
Does Aquamarine change color?
Aquamarine can vary from light green to a deep blue. Earlier, the sea green Aquamarines were most valued, but today the the deep blue versions are the most coveted in the gem industry. That is why you will find most Aquamarine on the market today is heat treated to bring out this dark blue and reduce the green color.
Not all rough Aquamarines will heat equally. Depending on the locality and how they formed, some gemstones will heat better than others. Also, some will fade in prolonged direct sunlight after heating and others will stay steadfast.
How is Aquamarine Formed?
Aquamarine is formed in pegmatites, which are rocks formed from cooling magma. As the magma cools, water that is trapped in the magma does not dissolve. Instead, the water forms cavities within the cooling rock. Within the cavity, minerals like Beryl can form and crystallize as the magma solidifies like a protective barrier around the crystal.
So for Aquamarine to form specifically, there must be Beryl and Iron in this watery solution within the magma. Beryl and Iron fuse to form Aquamarine. If other minerals are present during this crystallization process, you will get a different gemstone altogether.
Aquamarine can be found forming with Biotite, Garnet, Phenakite and Topaz within its pegmatite womb.
The translucent, gem quality Aquamarine is found deeper within the earth. The more opaque and crackly Aquamarine is found closer to the earth's surface because it has been more compressed over time. This process could also be a result of the the minerals and the hardness of the soils where the Aquamarine forms. For example, in Brazil and Colorado many gem quality Aquamarines were found near the surface of the earth thanks to the softer earth and minerals in the area.
Check out the Chunks
Do you want to own your own Aquamarine gem? Check out some Satin Crystals Aquamarine Chunks.
The Largest Aquamarine Gems
So far, the largest Aquamarine of gemstone quality was found in 1910 in Minas Gerais, Brazil weighing 243 pounds (110.5 kilograms) and measuring 18 x 15.5 inches (48.5 x 42 centimeters). It was cut into many finished gemstones.
There have been other larger find, but they are not considered gem quality.
Metaphysical Meaning of Aquamarine
Aquamarine is known for its soothing energies. It is a calming crystal that quiets the mind and reduces stress and fear. Besides its peaceful energies, here are some other metaphysical meanings of Aquamarine:
Aquamarine helps achieve closure on all levels.
This celestial gemstone connects you with guardian angels.
Aquamarine's patient energies are perfect for empaths.
It helps prioritize your life, so you're not overwhelmed by your large to-do list.
Aquamarine is a happiness stone promoting long lasting friendships, marriages and partnerships.
How to use Aquamarine Gemstones
Whether you are looking to use Aquamarine in healing, jewelry or in the home, here are some ideas to get your started on your gemstones journeys:
Aquamarine has long be associated with the seas. In fact it comes from a Latin term meaning water of the seas. Wear Aquamarine to keep you safe when you are going for a sail, taking a cruise or swimming in the ocean.
If you are going into a high stress situation, have some Aquamarine stones in your pocket to use as worry stones and relief your tensions.
Meditate with Aquamarine polished stones for a gentle and supportive vibration into the spiritual realm.
Use raw Aquamarine rocks to place around bed to stabilize your heart beat and lull you into a sleep.
Activate Aquamarine stones with a tuning fork to vibrate its energies into the Throat and Heart Chakras.
Decorate your space with Aquamarine stones to bring a tranquil energy to your home, office and garden.
Gift Aquamarine to beloved friends and family, especially those born in the month of March.
Wear Aquamarine jewelry when you are about to sing, to access the harmony of the angelic realm.
Hold Aquamarine in times of grief. Its nurturing energies will get you through the tough times.
Aquamarine Jewels for your Inner Sea God
Bring out your inner Poseidon or Amphitrite with our Aquamarine Jewelry for Gods and Goddesses. Sheila's top picks are:
What Chakra is Aquamarine for?
Aquamarine is associated with the Throat and the Heart Chakra. The more blue versions of Aquamarine vibrate with the Throat Chakra for eloquent communication. It can also be used at the Third Eye Chakra to deepen meditation.
The more green versions of Aquamarine vibrate with the Heart Chakra for a patient, loving energy.
Mineral Facts of Aquamarine
Aquamarine is a 7.5-8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. This makes it a pretty hard stone, up there with Quartz and Topaz and does not scratch easily. If you see scratches on the surface, it is probably glass or a softer stone.
Surface Color: Green to Blue
Streak Color (can vary from surface color, this is the color of the crystals’ powdered minerals): Colorless
Group: Silicates (silicon + oxygen)
Cleavage (where the crystal breaks off naturally to form a new face, parallel to its structure. This is a clean break and can cleave over and over again along the same face, retaining the crystals structure): Poor, Indisctinct
Fracture: Conchoidal (concave, like when glass breaks)
Luster: Vitreous (glassy)
Transparency: Transparent to Translucent
Crystal System: Hexagonal (six-sided)
Crystal Habit: Prismatic (two end faces are similar in the shape)
What Birthstone is Aquamarine?
Aquamarine is the birthstone for anyone born in the month of March. If you or someone you know is born in March, make sure to have some Aquamarine in your life and see how this gemstone can make you glow.
Aquamarine is also associated with the zodiac of Pisces and is the traditionally gifted gemstone for the 19th anniversary of marriage.
Magical Incantation of Aquamarine
This is a message from Aquamarine from Doreen Virtue and Judith Lukomski's book "Crystal Therapy":
"I unite with you to cleanse the environment with dedication and fervor for our shared commitment to keeping the waters of life pristine. Clear your aura with me while synchronizing your physical, emotional, mental and etheric bodfies. I augment composure, leaving hints of fairies at play within your improved humor and disposition. Wear me close to your heart to feel the sea, recalling dolphin dances with innocent childlike delight. Lose your concerns in my ocean of green and blue, releasing fear and anxiety to the Sea Goddesses and replacing your old beliefs with blissful knowingness and trust."
How to Cleanse Aquamarine
Aquamarine is a relatively hard stone, but it is also brittle depending on what veins and crevices are involved in the stone. It can be cleaned in running water. When in doubt, just use a soft cloth.
If you are looking to clean, charge and program your Aquamarine metaphysically, check out the Crystal Care page.
Is my Aquamarine Real or Fake?
Luckily, there aren't too many imposter Aquamarines out there because it is not worth the cost of making fakes. However, they are out there.
If you see an advertisement for Brazilian Aquamarine or Nerchinsk Aquamarine, it may be Blue Topaz, a much cheaper stone. If you see Siam Aquamarine, that is a name for heat-treated blue Zircon.
Here are a few tests you can perform to determine if your Aquamarine gemstone is the real deal.
Aquamarine should feel cold to the touch like a lot of natural crystals. If it is warm, it may be glass.
Aquamarine does not scratch easily, so if it can be scratched by anything less than the hardness of Quartz (which is harder than glass), it is most likely a fake.
Aquamarine does not produce bubbles, so if you see these within the stone, it is not the real thing.
Aquamarine has a subtle pleachroic effect, meaning that it can look more green, blue or even clear depending on the angle of light. This effect helps rule out fakes like glass and Spinel. However, because the effect is very weak, you may have trouble seeing it with the naked eye, plus it's best observed in very translucent versions of the stone.
Aquamarine also does not show any gray colors, which is helpful in ruling out synthetics.
These are some simple tests you can do yourself at home. However, if these tests do not determine the nature of your Aquamarine, you’ll need help from a gemologist with more advanced tests. This is especially true if you are trying to distinguish it from Blue Topaz, which is very similiar in nature to Aquamarine.
Sheila's Personal Experience with Aquamarine
Aquamarine is a very water related stone. I am a very Earth sign, so water activities don't call to me. My friends and spouse are always excited about beach vacations, but for me, they hold no lure. It does bring me joy to gift Aquamarine, though because most everyone else around me is attracted to its beautiful sea-blue colors.
For Satin Crystals, I make Aquamarine jewelry with the icy blue stones and they are popular the world around. I guess everyone can use a little relaxation for their souls while they are toiling away at their 9-5 or dealing with the chaos of their kids!
Aquamarine Jewelry & Stones
As you can imagine, gem quality and opaque Aquamarine stones can vary greatly in price. However, their healing energies remain the same.
If you are someone who enjoys the highly polished look of fine cut jewelry, you will want the very clear gemstones. If you are someone who vibes with the rough and tumble stones straight from the earth, you will want the more opaque stones. Either way, if you are drawn to the blue versions of Aquamarine, keep in mind that most of it is heat treated.
You can also collect raw pieces of Aquamarine in its green form straight from the Earth. The more blue and more prismatic pieces have a higher price point but these natural rare gems make stunning decorative pieces in your life.
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