Aquamarine: The Water Gemstone

Aquamarines are famous for their icy blue and green hues. Aside from the colors and durability of this gemstone, there are so many things that make Aquamarines a one-of-a-kind and useful stone.


The name “Aquamarine” comes from the Latin and Italian term “aqua marina” meaning “seawater.” The stone is also said to have kept sailors safe at sea. The stone came into fame around the Renaissance period, although the gem has been around and used for much, much longer. Aquamarines are one of the hardest gemstones. On the Moh’s hardness scale, an Aquamarine rates between 7.5 and 8.0. To put this in perspective, a Diamond is the hardest gemstone with a Moh’s Scale rating of 10.0. Aquamarine is part of the Beryl family. Some other famous gemstones within this family are Rubies, Emeralds, Sapphires, and Morganites. Aquamarines are formed in pegmatites - which are igneous rocks (rocks that are made from magma) that have large crystalline structures- when there is an abundance of beryllium. The blue-green color of the Aquamarine comes from trace amounts of iron; the more iron within the stone, the greener the color will appear.  Like a lot of gemstones, Aquamarine is sometimes heat treated to enhance the color to a darker, more vibrant teal-blue. The most valuable of Aquamarines come from Brazil, however they can be found in Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Tanzania, Zambia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Russia.

Mythological Properties

Aquamarine has some mythological properties as well. According to ancient mythology, Aquamarines change color to reveal the truth! The color may change to reveal whether someone is a friend or foe; it may change to reveal whether information is true or false. Aquamarine also supports good memory, brings well-being to the wearer, and is also thought to bring out clairvoyance - having or exhibiting an ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact.

Healing Properties

There are many ways in which Aquamarine promotes healing within the human body. Spiritually Aquamarine promotes spiritual growth, foresight, farsightedness, mediumistic and clairvoyant qualities, honesty, and goal orientedness. Emotionally Aquamarine promotes light-heartedness, happiness, and a relaxed aura. If you have trouble with confusion or keeping order to your life, wearing Aquamarine directly on your skin or having an Aquamarine specimen near you will help you in these categories. How can Aquamarine help you physically? One way is that when worn directly on the skin, it harmonizes the pituitary gland and the thyroid to regulate growth and hormone balance. Another physical way that Aquamarine may be of assistance to you is if you have an eye infection - for example, pink eye - place Aquamarine directly on your eyelids at night to assist in a speedier recovery.


Sources of Information

“Aquamarine.” GIA, Accessed March 2017.

Aquamarine Facts, Information and Description.” Bernadine Fine Art Jewelry, Accessed February 2017.

Gienger, Michael. Crystal Power, Crystal Healing: The Complete Handbook. Cassel, 1998.

“Pegmatite.”, Accessed February 2017.

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Leeann Lindsey
Leeann Lindsey

March 02, 2017

Wonderful article! Very informative!

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