Derived from the Roman word "Aqua" meaning water, and "mare" meaning sea, this pale blue gem does indeed resemble the color of sea water. The ancient Romans believed that the aquamarine was sacred to Neptune, the god of the sea, having fallen from the jewel boxes of sirens and washed onto shore. Early sailors wore aquamarine talismans engraved with the likeness of Neptune. This gemstone was thought to protect sailors as well as guarantee a safe voyage. Since early times aquamarine has been said to endow the wearer with foresight, courage and happiness.
The association with water lead to the belief that Aquamarine was particularly powerful when submerged in water. In ancient times, this water was then used to heal a variety of illnesses of the heart, liver, stomach, mouth and throat. Aquamarines were also used to reverse poisoning and aid in fortune telling. The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.
Aquamarine varies in color from a blue-green to a light sky blue. The color is more intense in larger stones. Unlike other gemstones, the majority of aquamarines are flawless. It's pale, cool color beautifully compliments spring and summer wardrobes and is a lovely stone for bridal jewelry.
Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family. The mineral beryl was used as far back as two thousand years ago to correct vision and is still used in the manufacturing of eyeglasses today.Beryl is a very hard mineral making it ideal for use in jewelry. Aquamarine is mainly mined in Brazil but is also found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique.Aquamarine symbolizes both safety and security, especially within longstanding relationships. Aquamarine is the gemstone used to mark the 19th wedding anniversary. It is commonly used for Mother's birthstone jewelry as well and new baby gifts of bracelets and necklaces featuring the baby's birthstone.