Alternative Names: Blue Beryl
Origin: notably Brazil, Pakistan and China
Mineral Species: Beryl
Mineral Group: Silicates
Chemical Formula: Be3Al2Si6O18
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Colour: Pale blue
Typical Appearance: Crystalline masses, more rarely as hexagonal prismatic crystals.
Chakra Alignment: Aligns with the Heart, Upper Heart and Throat Chakras
Origin of Name & Mythology: Aquamarine, or blue-green beryl, derives its name from the Latin for “sea water”, due to its colour. Other beryls include emerald and morganite. In the past, aquamarine was believed to improve the memory, and to change colour to reveal true or false, and friend or foe. It was also worn in adversarial situations, such as battle or litigation, as it was deemed to render the wearer unconquerable, yet amiable (from Arrnaldus Saxo, c. 1220 AD). In the Middle Ages, it was also believed to rekindle love in married couples.
Aquamarine promotes spiritual growth and psychic development, especially clairvoyance, as well as inner stillness and expansion. It can lift the spirits, helping us to feel happy and relaxed, yet without lethargy, so we are still goal-orientated and dynamic. It brings clarity in confusion, and helps us to organise our thoughts and ideas. Carried through from the Middle Ages, it is still believed to encourage us to "speak our truth". It aids balance on all levels, including hormone, mood and energy balancing. On a physical level, it supports the immune and auto-immune systems, and is particularly useful in treatment of diseases of the thyroid. For centuries it has been purported to improve eyesight, and is still used in this manner today. Aquamarine crystal water (fresh, without preservative) can be use to treat diseases of the eye.