Aquamarine stone, renowned for its marvellous beauty and beautiful blue colour, has been used in litho therapy for several centuries by a large number of different civilisations. It offers numerous virtues and has a positive impact on our health as much as on our mood and brain, both physically, intellectually and psychologically.
Aquamarine Stone, also called berylite or chrysolite, is etymologically derived from the Latin “Aqua marina” meaning seawater. It is a type of transparent light blue stone, formally known as beryl or zeberdjed in Egypt. It was later prescribed its current name of aquamarine in the 16th century. Brazil, where it was discovered, is home to the largest deposits of aquamarine. It can also be found on Himalayan peaks, in Africa, Russia, Madagascar or in Pakistani mines. Thanks to its hardness, aquamarine stone was particularly suitable for intaglio engraving that was practised in Egypt, Greece and Italy. Many works of art in the image of heroes, Gods of Olympus or historical figures have been created thanks to aquamarine.
Among these works, the most famous remains the work of Greek sculptor Evados. This intaglio portrays Julie, daughter of the Roman emperor Titus. Later, in the Middle Ages, this work was embellished in a beautiful jewellery composition named ‘Escrain de Charlemagne’. This magnificent creation was inherited by Charles the Bald and given to the Abbey of Saint-Denis. It was then entrusted to the National Library of France, where it is housed today.
Whether mermaid jewels washed up on the shore or nymph treasure from Greek mythology, aquamarine stone, known since antiquity, has nurtured a great number of beliefs throughout the ages about its many beneficial virtues related to its purity and transparency. In the Middle Ages, aquamarine was used in crystal balls for the powers of prediction that were ascribed to it. It was also attributed therapeutic virtues and magical powers of luck and protection as indicated by a successful 12th century grimoire which described the magical virtues of minerals. Additionally, it was believed to bring couples peace and loving harmony.
Aquamarine, a precious mineral formed from volcanic rocks, consists of copper, silica, aluminium, iron and beryllium, and has properties which are particularly valued in the industrial fields of aeronautics and nuclear energy due to its strength and low density. Classified among cyclosilicates, it belongs to the beryl family, from the ancient Greek “beryllos” meaning “blue-green stone” because of its magnificent hue which varies from transparent blue to lagoon blue depending on the oxidation of the iron. This prestigious category of semi-precious stones to which aquamarine belongs (which is assigned according to weight, dimensions, category, carat, etc.) includes mineral varieties of very high value such as goshenite, colourless gemstones, pink morganite, yellow heliodor, bixbite or green emeralds.
Around 7.5 on the hardness scale, aquamarine is sometimes studded with mineral fragments and comes in several shades, such as translucent, very bright, to lagoon blue, the most sought-after hue, obtained through various processes (heating, neutron or gamma-ray irradiation). A minor component of granitic and pegmatite rocks, aquamarine is found in alluvial deposits, where it is often accompanied by other minerals, some of which are in its category: lepidolite, spessartite, morganite or heliodor. During its extraction, it sometimes appears in the form of large crystals but it most often takes the form of opaque and unsightly grey minerals, of low weight and strikingly different in appearance from the gem.
Its most well-known deposits are in:
Aquamarine stone has a wide range of virtues when worn in necklaces or bracelets and is renowned for its many psychological and physical benefits. The energy and radiance of this beautiful gemstone is far-reaching. Whether it is to soothe the nerves of those who are due to take an exam, to bring happiness in love, to facilitate expressiveness or to help in various aspects of our health, its virtues are numerous and indispensable.
Aquamarine is considered a mineral that allows one to succeed artistically. Indeed, it has the power to increase the sensitivity and expressiveness of those who possess it. It also allows us to better express and convey our emotions. Combined with the Aquarius, Pisces, Libra and Gemini astrological signs, the positive vibrations it transmits grant excellence in artistic professions. Moreover, it has anxiolytic and calming properties, bringing peace, calm and serenity while heightening intellectual stimulation. It is therefore the preferred stone of those who are due to take an oral exam, and for those who wear it in a necklace or bracelet for example, as a lucky charm to succeed in their studies.
Aquamarine is also the stone of the divinatory arts as it clarifies psychic perceptions and foresight. Moreover, aquamarine makes communication with others more harmonious. Very popular with couples, it reinforces and consolidates new love or fragile relationships. Alternatively, it strengthens relationships which are already established. This is why it is very symbolic to offer the beloved a wedding ring adorned with aquamarine. On the other hand, aquamarine has been the talisman of sailors for several centuries as it protects from drowning, brings good luck and ensures a calm and safe journey.
Not only does aquamarine stone have a positive effect on the mind and intellect, but it is also known to play a positive role on our health. Aquamarine is often used for realigning our chakras. Primarily associated with those of the neck and throat chakras, it plays a purifying role on our health and has a positive effect on the respiratory system. It is therefore particularly used for its beneficial role and its healing effects in case of infection or inflammation of the airways and the throat, nose and mouth. It has a healing effect on angina, bronchitis, coughs, the tonsils, larynx and throat pathologies and can also strengthen vocal cords. In addition, it is also known to facilitate the essential flow of liquids in our body.
Furthermore, aquamarine has a positive effect on the immune system, which it revitalises, strengthens and balances, regulating the heart rate as well as the blood, endocrine and lymphatic systems, making it a valuable asset for combatting high blood pressure and blood and heart diseases. It also helps to reduce eye fatigue and alleviate all types of pains including dental pain. While it brings good luck to sailors who attribute it the power of protection, it is also known for relieving seasickness and nausea, as well as allergy manifestations such as hay fever, sinusitis or skin conditions. In case of dermatoses such as eczema, psoriasis or acne it acts as an aquamarine elixir as follows: Simply soak the stone in a glass of water overnight and use the resulting lotion several times a day by applying it to the skin without rubbing it.