Properties: Aquamarine helps us to gain insight, truth, and wisdom. It can be used to help calm the mind, nerves, and anxieties.
Aquamarine is a stone of courage. Its calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind. Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people. It can invoke tolerance of others and overcomes judgmentalism, giving support to those overwhelmed by responsibility. Clarifies perception, sharpens the intellect and clears confusion. Useful for closure on all levels. Promotes self-expression. Soothes fears and increases sensitivity. Sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance. Wonderful for meditation. Shields the aura and aligns the chakras.
Roman fishermen called the gemstone “water of the sea” and used it as protection, for safe travel by boat, and for luck in catching fish. Aquamarine was linked to the apostle St. Thomas who frequently traveled by boat. Roman physicians also used it to treat overeating and bloating.
The seawater color of aquamarine has given this gemstone its name as the name "aquamarine" is derived from the Latin word for seawater. The specific term "aquamarine" was apparently used in an important gemological work by Anselmus de Boodt in his Gemmarum et Lapidum Historia published in 1609. "Aquamarine is a valued gem of ancient lineage. In the 19th century, sea green varieties of the stone were the most popular, but today, the more blue the color, the more valuable the stone. In 1910, the largest ever aquamarine was found in Brazil, weighing 243 pounds. It was then cut into smaller stones, yielding over 200,000 carats."
As fascinated as the ancients were with an aquamarine stone, elites of the Middle Ages continued their obsession with it. For one thing, aquamarine was rumored to protect its wearer from poisoning, a common concern at the time. In response, many rulers purchased an aquamarine ring to wear. Other aquamarine jewelry was popular, too, including on the Czech crown jewels.