What is Aquamarine?
The serenely colored aquamarine invokes the tranquility of its namesake, the sea. In fact, the name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.
Aquamarine is a very valuable and special gem made in the depths of mountains by intense heat. It is made when extremely hot magma under the Earth’s crust interacts with mineral rich rocks under mountain ranges. As the magma pushes through little cracks and crevices in the rocks it reacts with the minerals present there and gemstones are formed.
Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones, and darker blue stones are very valuable. It grows in large, six-sided crystals that can be up to a foot long, making it a great gem to be cut and polished in larger carats for statement pieces.
Not only is aquamarine one of the March birthstones, it’s also used to celebrate 19th wedding anniversaries. It’s a beautiful stone with little or no yellow in it, so it looks great in many settings with different colored metals and gemstones.
Aquamarine Healing Properties
Aquamarine properties contain the healing, vibrant powers of our ancient seas. This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage.The serene blue or blue-green color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.
Evolved over millions of years, this stone is also very healing when it comes to soothing unpleasant emotions such as grief or loneliness.
Aquamarine is a “Stone of Courage and Protection”. Used often with the Throat Chakra, it can promote verbal self-expression. Aquamarine facilitates the releasing of old patterns of behavior that no longer serve and inhibit one’s growth, so it also works with the Heart Chakra by helping one to realize their innermost truth.
Physically, Aquamarine helps to heal ailments of the throat, including the thyroid and pituitary, and can help to ameliorate diseases of the liver. Aquamarine can also help with allergies by calming an overactive immune system, as well as assisting with other autoimmune disorders.
How to Spot an Imitation
It can be easy to be fooled by imitation aquamarine. Glass can easily be colored to possess that same desirable blue hue. Take a moment to look at your aquamarine and become aware of some common flaws that are only present in imitation aquamarine. It is always best to do your research in order to shop smart!
There are several ways to determine whether an aquamarine gem stone is real, or simply colored glass:
- Take a good hard look at your stone. If you find scratches on the surface of the gem it is most likely a fake. Aquamarine is an incredibly hard stone and therefore is very difficult to scratch.
2. See if you can find any bubbles in your stone. If you see small air bubbles under the surface of the stone it is in fact colored glass. You will never find air bubbles in an aquamarine.
Caring for your Aquamarine
While aquamarine is an incredibly hard stone and is not easily scratched by outside forces, other gemstones with a similar hardness do have the ability to scratch the aquamarine. To protect not only your aquamarine but your other stones as well, store your gemstones separately.
Another thing to avoid is harsh chemicals on your stone. If you find yourself working with any chemicals, this includes household cleaners, remove your jewelry first. Chemicals interacting with your aquamarine can have a negative impact on the quality of your stone.
If you find that your aquamarine is becoming a little dull or dirty the best way to clean it is by soaking it in some warm water with a few drops of dish soap. After soaking your stone for a few minutes, remove it and use a soft-bristled brush, such as a well used toothbrush (no toothpaste!), to clean the stone. This should return your aquamarine to its original shine and beauty.