See The Future Through Aquamarine Lenses
Aquamarine instantly calls to mind the clear sparkling water that gave it its name (through the Latin word for “seawater”) and many of its meanings are deeply tied to this element. The Greeks and Romans regarded it as a sailor’s stone, offering protection and safety for voyages on stormy seas. Amulets made of the stone were engraved with images of Poseidon, the god of the sea, for extra measure. It was also used in ceremonies to bring rain, or cause a drought for enemies.
In the Middle Ages, aquamarine became popular with fortune tellers, and was the preferred material for crystal balls. Still strongly linked to water, other methods were: tying it on a string and swinging over a bowl of water (painted with letters of the alphabet) to spell messages ouija board style, or dropping it into water so that the soothsayer could read the ripples. Finding lost or hidden things was a special power of the stone. Transparent aquamarine was later used to manufacture lenses for eyeglasses.
While February’s birthstone, amethyst, is associated with healing ailments of the mind and spirit, aquamarine is thought to heal the body. Specifically the liver, jaws, stomach, and throat. It was widely sought after among royalty in the 1300s as an antidote for poison. Other stones had to be ingested, but it was believed that simply wearing an aquamarine pendant or ring was enough to keep their hold over the throne. Nonphysical benefits of the stone are thought to include an increase in courage, clarity, and a desire to serve humanity and cultivate strong friendships.
When we refer to aquamarine, we’re actually referring to the stone called “beryl,” that is pale blue, light green or blue-green in color. Beryl is normally clear, but iron content gives it color. A unique feature of aquamarine is that it never has any inclusions – it’s a naturally flawless stone. In the past, light green aquamarine was the most valuable, but preference has now shifted to the clear blue varieties. This has caused almost all aquamarine on the market to be heat treated to remove any traces of green tone.