Aquamarine: Still Waters Have its Charm and Hide Treasure
As its name suggests, aquamarine’s bright and serene blue color resembles the waters of the sea. The root of the name is derived from the Greek words “aqua” meaning water and “marina” meaning the sea. Therefore, this gem is believed to be the protector of all sailors keeping them safe on their travels.
Light blue to greenish color of aquamarine is the most common, yet there are some stones that display the darker shades of blue. In either case, the color is very dreamy and calming. In fact, aquamarine is believed to be the stone of inner peace and tranquility. Moreover, it symbolizes harmony, balance, and spiritual love. Some ancient empires including Egyptian and Sumerian, believed aquamarine helped them achieve victories and were great fans of the gem.
Today, aquamarine is mined and produced in many countries, mainly in Brazil followed by Myanmar, Nigeria, Zambia, Madagascar, Vietnam, Russia, and even in the US state of Montana. Some aquamarine stones are known to be quite heavy and can weigh as much as 240 pounds. On Mohs scale of hardness, aquamarine ranks between 7.5 to 8.0.