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Birthstone Aquamarine History

Aquamarine – History

The name ‘aquamarine’ was given to this gem is due to the seawater color of the gem. The word aquamarine is taken from the Latin words “aqua” and “marina” which means, water of the sea. It is one of the most valued gems since ancient times. It is closely related with emeralds as both belong to the same mineral family that is the Beryl family. Since ages, this gemstone has been considered for its radiant blue hue and the numerous mystical powers. The largest ever aquamarine was found in Brazil in 1910 and weighed 243 pounds. According to the legends, aquamarines were the treasures of mermaids. That is why they are called the ‘Mermaid’s Stone’.

It is considered as the birthstone for lucky people born in the month of March and those who are associated with the zodiac sign of Scorpio. The stone is also suggested to be gifted on 16th and 19th wedding anniversaries. It ranges in color from pale blue to teal or blue green. The deeper is the color; the more is the value of an aquamarine.

The history for this stone was first documented in around 480 to 300 B.C in ancient Greek scripture. The Greeks and the Romans believed if any sailor wears this stone while their journey, it prevents them from seasickness and helps them to have safe and prosperous journey across stormy seas, so it was gifted to sailors for their long voyage. It was believed to bring victory in battlefield and solve legal disputes.

The Romans also believed, if an aquamarine is wore with a frog carved on it, it reconcile the enemies and turn them into friends. Roman men present aquamarine as wedding gifts to their brides as they believed it has the ability to invoke love in a couple. People also gifted the gem during Victorian era to guarantee marital happiness.

It endows the wearer with peace and calmness. It also relieves stress and enhances intuitions. It was used for curing various body parts like ailments of the jaws, liver, stomach, throat and toothaches. If it was worn as an amulet, it was believed to relief from pain, improves intellect, and cures laziness.

It is also believed that this gemstone can reduce the effect of poison. Given this importance, the aquamarine was much in demand in Europe. For the same reason many royalties were found wearing amulets, pendants and chains with aquamarines.

These gems also bestow its owner with prophecy. Due to the mystical powers present in the stone, they were cut into crystal balls. These stones were also used for fortune telling by cutting them into cabochon during middle ages. During the medieval era the use of crystal ball was very popular and this method to see into the future was used by a famous mystic Dr. John Dee who caste the horoscope of Queens Elizabeth I in order to determine to best date for her coronation.

Most of the supply of aquamarine comes from Brazil with one particular blue colored called Santa Maria as it originates from the country’s Santa Maria De Itabira mine. Aquamarine is also found in the Middle East, Mexico, and Africa and in the United States.