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Aquamarine Meaning and Healing Powers

Aquamarine Meaning and Uses
Natural Aquamarine

Introduction to Aquamarine

'the lovely aquamarine . . . . seems to have come from some mermaid's treasure house'.

So said Roman historian and philosopher, Pliny, around 2000 years ago.

This historical gemstone has featured in writings for at least 3000 years and was revered by ancient Sumerian, Egyptian and Greek cultures and as an object of great beauty and of great spiritual strength.

Its fame as a gemstone of spiritual power is reflected in the carvings that survive from this period, hoopoe birds which were use to communicate with water spirits or to raise the dead, frogs which could restore peace to warring enemies and crows which bestowed happiness on their owner.

To the Greeks it was the sailor's best friend or the sailor's stone as carrying one ensured safe travels on the waters.

Aquamarine Virtues

  • Tranquility
  • Serenity
  • Harmony
  • Rebirth
  • Tolerance
  • Good luck for travelers
  • Truth and trust
  • Stone of Communication

The color of Aquamarine

Aquamarine Color Range
Aquamarine Color Range

As the source of its name would suggest, the finest colors of aquamarine are remindful of the sea and the color of Aquamarine gemstones range from blue to blue-green, and can be pale to light-blue, dark-blue, green-blue, or blue-green (aquamarine blue).

Blue is a universally loved color, in every culture across the world it gives off a positive vibe, representing trust, tranquility, relaxation, protection and healing. Aquamarine’s spiritual strength reflects these feelings perfectly.

The Emotional and Spiritual Benefits of Aquamarine

Aquamarine conjures up images of the sea - a serene and tranquil picture that can bring calm and peace and relieving stress, making it a perfect crystal for meditation. This gemstone has been associated with fidelity, friendship, health, hope, and youth for centuries.

The water element is a large part of the crystal's legend. Sailors believed that aquamarine was a gift from mermaids and would wear it to protect them from drowning or simply prevent sea sickness. They would also decorate their vessels with gemstones to encourage calm seas and thus save them from sinking.

In some cultures, the stone was believed to have a soothing effect on marriages and relationships, making it an ideal amulet for calming the storms in a marriage. A gift of an aquamarine from husband to wife can smooth the rough waters of the home, too.

Back in ancient Rome, lovers would exchange gifts of aquamarine to signify pure love rather than lust in their relationship. This is because the stone is said to foster awareness and communication skills. In fact, this is one of the reasons it is one of the most popular anniversary gifts, especially for the 19th wedding anniversary.

The March birthstone creates a heightened state of spiritual awareness and consciousness by clearing negative thoughts. It will also correct the misalignment between the physical and spiritual bodies, thus releasing intuitive communication.

Some modern-day healers swear aquamarine can be effective in treating persistent procrastination. It is believed that the tranquil colors help one to think clearly and make decisions faster than they would normally. In addition, wearing aquamarine is thought to make you bolder and more willing to make those decisions.

The Physical Benefits of Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a panacea for many ailments. Pregnant women can wear this gemstone to protect both mother and baby from harm.

Physical Bnefits of Gemstones

It boosts your immune system, heals sore throats, helps prevent thyroid problems and relieves allergic reactions. It is especially beneficial in all matters to do with the throat, liver and stomach.

At work, it can motivate, bring out inner strengths, nurture relationships with colleagues and give you the confidence to further your career.

One of its most renowned strengths is in the improvement of eye sight, it counteracts short- or long-sightedness and soothes tired eyes.

Aquamarine and the Chakras

Chakra meditation

According to Ancient Hindu philosophy, the Chakras are the energy centers in your body also known as Qi or Prana. There are seven Chakras located throughout the body, each influencing a particular physical or emotional state. Each point has an associated color and often a gemstone which is mostly that color will have the most influence on that Chakra.

Aquamarine most affects the Throat Chakra although it can also influence the Heart Chakra because the gemstones are usually blue or green. Its influences include communication, fluency, sincerity and truth while also creating feelings of love, relationships and self-acceptance.

Please read our Chakra Gemstones article for more details

Can Aquamarine unblock Chakras?

When the throat chakra is out of balance the physical symptoms may include sore throats, stiff neck, and headaches.

Emotionally, when it is out of balance, you also might find yourself habitually lying, feeling fearful and doubt the intentions of others. You may also find yourself stammering or at a loss for words on occasion.

When it's blocked, a closed Heart Chakra can bring grief, anger, jealousy, fear of betrayal, and dislike of yourself and others—especially in holding a grudge against past loves.

Aquamarine can unblock or realign Chakras. To unblock the Throat or Heart Chakra find a quiet place to relax and place an Aquamarine gemstone over the appropriate part of the body. Lie still or meditate if you prefer, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.

To enhance the experience you could try a visualization technique. If, for example, you are trying to unblock the Throat Chakra, place the Aquamarine in the small of your throat (NOT inside the throat) and lie down.

Get your breathing just right. Imagine a glowing blue ball of energy hovering around the gemstone. Feel it grow and expand with every breath from the size of a marble to the size of a football. Gently open your eyes.

Is Aquamarine a Birthstone?

Yes, Aquamarine is the official birthstone for the month of March.

Please read our Birthstone by month article for more details

Aquamarine and the Zodiac

Aquamarine is most often associated with the Zodiac sign of Pisces.

Please read our Zodiac Gemstone article for more details

12 Signs of the Zodiac

How to recharge and cleanse Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a durable gemstone able to be cleansed and recharged using most traditional methods but with its affinity to water I would suggest the ocean or a waterfall is the best possible method.

Taking care not to drop them (I once lost a Moonstone Cat’s Eye in the shallow waves and never saw it again) let the water flow over your gemstones. Find a safe place and let them dry in the sun.

Aquamarine is a gemstone that needs quite a regular cleanse and recharge but heading to the beach or waterfall everyday may not be an option (worse luck) so run them under the tap at home if needs be. A refreshing spring shower of rain or a dramatic thunderstorm could provide an impromptu opportunity.

Where to place Aquamarine

With its association with water and its reputation for maintaining youthfulness, I think Aquamarine would be a great gemstone for the bathroom or wherever you perform your daily beauty regime.

It also instills calm and serenity so Aquamarine near the bathtub will help with those long relaxing soaks that can take the edge off a long day or tiring week.

Aquamarine does have a reputation for assisting with communication so if you hold a lot of meetings, make a few telephone calls or send a lot of emails keep a gemstone nearby to keep those connections flowing smoothly.

With all those Zoom and Skype style video conferences that are happening more and more tuck an Aquamarine gemstone next to the screen to make the process that much more effective.

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How to use Aquamarine

There are many ways to use Aquamarine in a spiritual way.

To gain the most influence throughout the day, simply wear some as jewelry. Aquamarine is a durable gemstone so can be made into any type of jewelry but with its connection to the Throat Chakra and Heart Chakra, a pendant, necklace or even earrings would make a lot of sense.

Alternatively, you could just carry a gemstone or two around with you, in a pocket, your handbag or purse, they could work away happily there or you could use them as touch stones if you felt the need for extra reassurance during the day.

I saw an article on ‘bra stones’ just recently – I promise I was researching gemstones not bras – where a crystal is slipped into the bra to deliver maximum energy to the body. Being perfectly in position to affect the Heart and Throat Chakra, an Aquamarine seems to be the perfect bra stone.

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Aquamarine and wealth

Aquamarine may be able to indirectly bring wealth through its influence over communication and keeping you cool under pressure but I feel there are better gemstones to bring in money or fortune – Citrine or Aventurine for example.

See our Gemstones for Wealth article for a few better options here

Can I use Aquamarine for Meditation and Yoga?

Aquamarine is almost the perfect gemstone for meditation. It imparts a feeling of serenity and calmness with a soothing energy that will clear out old emotional clutter allowing you to exist in the ‘now’.

It is also a gemstone of communication and that includes communication with the self, enabling you to connect with your spiritual side and open up contact with higher planes.

In the same way, Aquamarine’s harmony and balance will enhance any yoga session be it traditional or modern.

How to use aquamarine:

  • Hold an Aquamarine gemstone while meditating
  • Place Aquamarine gemstone on mat or on the floor beside you during meditation or yoga session
  • Wear an Aquamarine mala bead bracelet during yoga or meditation (try to not let beads hit the ground)

Please read our Gemstones for Meditation and Yoga article for more details

Can I wear or carry Aquamarine every day?

Gemstones affect us all in different ways, some people can wear a spiritually powerful crystal everyday with no problems at all while others may find them too disturbing to wear for too long.

Aquamarine is a strong but gentle gemstone which should be able to be worn by everyone, everyday but it is important to find your own level of fulfillment.

If you feel a little bit overpowered when first wearing Aquamarine, or any gemstone for that matter, just take a break and allow your body to tune itself to the gemstone’s energy vibrations.

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Aquamarine Goddesses

Aquamarine has an association with a couple of less regular Goddesses.

In keeping with Aquamarine’s affinity to water it has been dedicated to Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love, who was born from the foaming waves of the sea as they washed ashore on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Aquamarine is also connected to Guanyin, the Chinese and Buddhist deity of compassion, mercy and unconditional love.

Can I help my pet with Aquamarine?

Our pets are just as influenced by gemstones as we are but there are probably a few better gemstones than Aquamarine for our furry or feathery friends.

Saying that, some people do swear that Aquamarine has lead their pet to overcome a fear of water and bath time by a well placed gemstone.

Please take a look at our special Gemstones for Pets article here

Aquamarine Elixir

There really could not be a better gemstone for making an elixir than Aquamarine. Purifying and calming, a cool bottle or glass of this crystal liquid can be used in a variety of ways from simply being a refreshing drink, used to make herbal tea, put in the bath or, my favorite, put in a spray bottle so you can give yourself a cooling mist on the hottest day.

To make an elixir, just pop an Aquamarine gemstone or two into some pure mineral or distilled water. Make sure the water is in a glass bottle or container – not plastic or metal – and if you can place it by a window where it can bathe in the rays of the sun and moon for a day and night.

Take out the gemstone and you have your elixir.

Aquamarine and Dreams

The presence of a calming and soothing Aquamarine will take away all the stresses of the day and help you have a good night sleep with no sign of a bad dream or nightmares.

If you dream about an Aquamarine gemstone it means new friends or even a new love will soon be coming into your life.

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Which gemstones go well with Aquamarine?

Aquamarine works well with other calming gemstone such as Apatite and Larimar.

It also is a great combination with the earth stones Agate, Jasper and Garnet.

Fellow water stones like Moonstone and Blue Agate make great partners too.

Aquamarine and the workplace

Aquamarine is not the first gemstone I think off when it comes to the workplace, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye and Garnet are more obvious examples but it does have its uses at work.

It is a gemstone of communication so if your job includes a lot of meetings and delegation then this could be an ideal crystal.

Aquamarine encourages creativity so writers, designers and advertisers could benefit and anyone with a stressful, high pressure career will find it a lot calmer with one of these soothing crystals around.

Aquamarine Pendulums

Pendulums are used to communicate with your subconscious through a series of yes and no questions.

Aquamarine is a stone that assists with opening up communication with other realms and is a boost to your clairaudient abilities so a pendulum made from this crystal would be perfect.

Alternatively a more common quartz pendulum suspended over a regular Aquamarine gemstone would work just as well.

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Aquamarine and EMF

The modern world is full of smart phones, computers, wifi connections and smart TVs and so we are inundated with harmful electro-magnetic waves.

Gemstones can offer protection from this invisible pollution but Aquamarine is not one I would really recommend for this. I would suggest Black Tourmaline, Malachite and Amazonite are better alternatives.

Final thoughts on Aquamarine

If there was ever a doubt that gemstones can have a profound spiritual effect on us then a few moments staring at a well cut crystal clear Aquamarine will soon put that notion to rest.

The cool blue or soft green colors will transport you to an idyllic beach where all your troubles and worries will disappear as the waves gently roll in and out.

Aquamarine comes from the same family as the mighty Emerald and shares its potency as a highly regarded gemstone with a rich history and an almost supernatural appeal.

This beautiful and powerful gemstone could not come more highly recommended.

Please read our Aquamarine Information article for more details

Handy Guide to Aquamarine

Category Details

Nickname

Stone of Communication

Color

Light Blue to Green

Chakra

Throat/Heart

Birthstone

March

Zodiac

Pisces

Main Virtue

Serenity

Health

Throat/Liver/Stomach

Gem Partner

Larimar / Blue Agate

Cleansing

Water

Goddess

Aphrodite / Guanyin

  • First Published: August-07-2020
  • Last Updated: September-17-2020
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