Aquamarine is a transparent to semi-transparent or opaque gemstone, of pale to dark blue or in blue-green shades. It is usually recognized by its hexagonal form and its characteristic color.
The name Aquamarine is of Latin origin (Aqua Marina), meaning seawater.
Aquamarine was and still is a very popular semi-precious stone.
In ancient ages people believed that Aquamarine fights the forces of darkness. In Middle Ages, it was believed that aquamarine had the power to calm down the sea, so sailors used to carry Aquamarine with them as an amulet. It is also considered that Aquamarine strengthens friendship bonds, and protects the carrier from troubles.
Aquamarine is the stone of courage. It reduces stress and boosts mental serenity, and is especially beneficial to sensitive persons.
It helps us in creating a persistent and dynamic personality, reducing fears, confusions and the burden of overwhelming responsibilities. It also helps in reducing auto-destructive behaviors and increasing sensitivity.
In spiritual level, Aquamarine sharpens the intuition and opens the inner vision. It is a splendid stone for meditation that invokes high levels of intellectual consciousness.
Aquamarine creates a shield around the Aura, and cleans the chakra of heart, bringing communication from a superior level.
Aquamarine is useful for the sore throat, the swollen glands and the problems of thyroid.
Aquamarine is also useful in vision problems, such as myopia and presbyopia.
Aquamarine is associated with the Third Eye and Throat chakras.
Aquamarine is associated with the Leo, Aries, Libra, Pisces, Aquarius and Cancer signs.