- Adrift in my hammock, my gaze floats off into the seamless horizon that welds the sea with the sky. Aside from the myriad of blues that envelop me, the only colour to be seen is the occasional flash of green from the swaying palms above. The whispering sea lulls me into tranquility, I close my eyes and the indelible image of cool Aquamarine waters envelops me in their warm caress. I find peace at last.
Legends & Lore
- Blue, the world's most popular colour, is famous for its calming effect, and out of all the blues available none match the serenity found in Aquamarine. Deriving their name from the Latin word "Water of The Sea", Aquamarine gemstones embody all that is natural. Aquamarine, the sparkling birthstone for March, ranges from pastel blue to light green its passive tones reminiscent of an invigorating sea breeze.
- Since antiquity, Aquamarine has been seen as a gemstone of great vision, its crystals often being used as eyes in the creation of sculpted statues that symbolize power and wisdom. According to legend, any man or woman that set eyes on these statues became a person of great wisdom harnessing the ability to see into the future. On occasions, these statues were placed in strategic positions near the coastline where they could calm the wrath of the god Poseidon, thus insuring the safe return of those on ships at sea.
- Aquamarine has long been associated with its ability to capture oceanic energy. When amulets made of Aquamarine were worn, sailors believed that unmatched bravery would be instilled in their souls. These fisherman's friends accompanied their owners while out on the high seas, and in the event of a storm, were tossed overboard to placate Poseidon's anger. Interestingly, Thai culture contains a common belief that Aquamarine can ward off seasickness and prevent wearers from drowning. Because of its association with the sea, Aquamarine is considered to be a gemstone of purification and cleansing that washes the mind with fresh clear thoughts and promotes self-expression. Its calming effects make it a popular gemstone for those who practice meditation, as it is also believed to eradicate fears and phobias.
Just The Facts
- Ask any contemporary jewellery designer to name a gemstone in constant demand and you can bet that Aquamarine will be on the tip of their tongue. Aquamarine, symbolizing the near perfect clarity and transparency of the ocean, is the big sister of the beryl family whose relatives also include bixbite, goshenite, emerald, heliodor and morganite. Although the deeper shades of blue are rarer and generally command higher prices, many prefer the oceanic hues of Brazilian Aquamarine as they provide a true reflection of the sea. Either way, the gentle luster and delicate tones of Aquamarine are a majestic contribution to any gemstone collection. Aquamarine's subtle colours are particularly well suited to jewellery in prominent display, especially drop earrings and pendants.
- Brazil has been the world's major supplier of Aquamarine for decades. The infamous Marambaia area is one of the most important sources of fine Aquamarine in the world.
- However, today, several African nations, including Nigeria, Mozambique, Zambia and Madagascar provide an equal, if not greater supply of similarly beautiful examples. The different shades of Aquamarine are distinguished by their own names. "Santa Maria" is the name of the rare, intensely deep blue Aquamarine found in the Santa Maria de Itabira mines of Brazil. Very similar colours are also found in certain mines in Africa, especially in Mozambique, where they have come to be known as "Santa Maria Africana". Another Brazilian beauty is the deep blue "Espirito Santo", coming from the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo. Another beautifully coloured variety has taken its name from a 1954 Brazilian beauty queen, "Martha Rocha".
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11 July 2007
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