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All About Gemstones: Aquamarine

Like Heliodors and Emeralds, Aquamarine is part of the Beryl family of gemstones. Aquamarine is easily recognizable for its unique pale blue color. The name Aquamarine is derived from the Latin aqua marina, meaning sea water. Associated with truth and clarity, the aquamarine is a strong crystal for healing and for organizing the body and mind.

One of the most commonly found beryls, aquamarine can be found all over the world, with slight color variations from region to region. The color blue has often represented wisdom and enlightenment throughout human history from the modern Abrahamic religions to Ancient Egypt. The blueness of the stone, coupled with aquamarine's often unblemished clarity, has resulted in the idea that aquamarine represents and inspires truth and clarity, and as such often can make the wearer more in tune with their emotions and thoughts. This makes aquamarine a soothing and healing stone, which can help you keep a clear head even in stressful situations.

Aquamarine is believed to inspire truth and understanding in relationships as well. The ancient Romans would exchange gifts of aquamarine between lovers in order to maintain focus on trust and growth as a couple rather than on lust. Aquamarine will help you tune in to your partner's emotions, and so they won't even have to say a word for you to know how they are feeling. Aquamarine will also imbue you with tolerance and understanding so that you will not be easily offended, angered, or annoyed.

In non-romantic situations, aquamarine can be given as a token of protection from harmful thoughts or a disorderly and unhappy mind. Aquamarine is said to have a strong healing nature as well, and is thus good for mothers, children, and pregnant women to ward against complications like illness or injury.

Aquamarine is a truly lovely gemstone, and the color has always reminded me of seawaves breaking along a rocky shoreline, or the early morning sky. Stop by Harvest Gold to inquire about a piece made in local aquamarine!