The word 'Aquamarine' comes from the Latin for 'Water of the Sea'. This gemstone is a bright blue, cyan version of beryl. The beryl family also includes emeralds. It is found all around the world but, as with amethyst, Brazil is the largest producer. It is possible to get hold of milky aquamarine gemstones, and both clear and opaque stones of aquamarine are very popular.
Aquamarine is associated with the sea due to its name and colour and it is linked with the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Greek sailors would keep aquamarine as protective amulets to keep themselves safe, aiding them with safe passage across stormy seas. In folk tales from parts of Europe and the Middle East, mermaids' tails make aquamarine. The Romans believed that it would absorb the energy of young love "when blessed and worn, it joins in love, and does great things".
The vibrations of aquamarine are a great remedy for stress and they help to soothe the mind. It gives the wearer courage and can encourage you to have great tolerance and patience for difficult people. ITt aids clear communication and can help the wearer deal with grief better. It can help with sleep; place some aquamarine under your pillow at night to encourage a good night's sleep. The blue-green colour of aquamarine makes it perfect for the throat chakra and it will ease sore throats and swelling.
Give a piece of aquamarine to a loved one or partner to re-establish a romantic connection or re-form loving bonds. Wear in the area of the heart chakra for powerful emotional healing.