Brazil is the leading producer of aquamarine, but it also can be found in Pakistan, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Russia, and the U.S.
Aquamarine is a transparent to translucent sea green to blue colored beryl, a mineral containing the rare element beryllium. Emerald is deep green beryl. Aquamarine’s color comes from trace amounts of iron in the stone. The structure of beryl leaves channels in which water and impurities can collect, affecting its color. The type of iron in the stone determines exactly how green or blue it appears. Unlike its cousin emerald, aquamarine is sometimes found in large crystalline form.
Birthdays & Anniversaries:
Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for March; the Hebrew, Arabic, and Roman birthstone for October; and the birthstone for Scorpio. Aquamarine is suggested as a gem to give on the 16th and 19th wedding anniversaries.
Aquamarine’s names comes from Latin and means ‘sea water,’ a reference to its color. Once called the treasure of the mermaids, it was used by sailors as protection while at sea. It was said to work best when submerged in water. In the Middle Ages was worn for insight into the future.
Aquamarine is used to reduce dependence on drugs, relieve swollen glands, decrease insomnia, assist digestion, and maintain jaws and teeth.
Aquamarine is believed to help preserve romantic love in a marriage, and is often recommended as an anniversary gift. It is said to help release anger and negativity and work to replace it with clarity, compassion, peacefulness, and emotional balance. It is used to increase courage and motivation, particularly with self-expression, as it is associated with the Throat Chakra. Dreaming of aquamarine means that you will meet new friends.