Aquamarine - International Crystals Encyclopedia https://www.atlantisinstitute.org/


Origin - the place or situation from which something comes, the beginning of something’s existence, the point from which it starts out, the thing from which it is ultimately derived.
Aquamarine is a crystal of primary formation which means it was formed from molten magma. This usually happens in cavities in volcanoes where the combination of chemistary and structural arrangements of mineral deposits, atoms and substances pass from gas or liquid into a solid state or by means of going out of solution by precipitation or evaporation.


The crystal is formed in igneous rocks and often, granite. It can be found in other sources of sedimentary rocks like limestone or shale. Aquamarines can form larger more transparent crystals then the other Beryl varieties which are formed as hexagonal, columnar prisms.


Aquamarine is a blue or cyan variety of Beryl which is composed of beryllium aluminium cyclosilicate This is in turn, a group of the Silicate family. The Fe2+  ion is said to determine the blue colour whilst Fe3+  produces a golden yellow hue. The combination of these ions produces the darker, deep blue of the maxixe.


All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are 7 systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Aquamarine crystals belong to the Hexagonal system.


History - the past considered as a whole, the whole series of past events connected with someone or sometihing, a continuous typically chronological record of importance.
The Aquamarine was named in 1609 by Anselmus de Boodt after the Latin term aqua marina meaning water of the sea. Prior to this it was known as a sea-green Beryl.


The reference of the crystal, though goes way back to the 2nd century where it was referred to as seeming to have come from a mermaids treasure house. The Roman’s blessed the stone as it was said to join in young love and in the Middle Ages it was worn as a pendant and used as an oracle crystal.


The stones are mined globally and significant finds have occured in the US and Brazil. The largest gemstone quality aquamarine found was in 1910. It was found in brazil and weighed over 110 Kg.



Specification - the act of describing or identifying something precisely, a detailed description of the design and materials used to make something.
Aquamarines appear in natural form and are enhanced through the tumbling, cutting and polishing process.

There is a strong market for lab created aquamarines. These may be heat treated to obtain the desired hue of colour.



Varieties - a number or range of things of the same general class that are different or distinct in character or quality.
Aquamarines derive from the Beryl family and are associated with:


  • Aquamarine Chrysolite
  • Maxixe



Esoteric Attributes - a quality or feature as characteristic of or possed by something.
Crystals by their very nature are able to receive and focus energy in different ways. Their molecular structure enables them to be used to amplify and convert energy and hence crystals have been used for centuries to aid healing and transmute energy both in the metaphysical and physical world.


Because each crystal family has different formational backgrounds, each also has different vibrtional frequencies that can be harnesed and used for specific purposes. Each therefore have specific qualities that can be used to help a person heal on the many different levels of their being.


The following is a list of healing attributes associated with Aquamarine crystals.


Mental: Aquamarines bring clarity of the mind and are known to clear up confusions and resolve unfinish matters.
Emotional: Aquamarine crystals increase light heartedness and improve emotional discipline whilst also allowing you greater perseverance in the mind.
Physical: Aquamarines assist with hayfever and other allergies. They also help with eye problems, the thyroid gland and bladder and respiratory issues.


Crystal Chart - Aquamarine


Crystal: Aquamarine
Mineralogy: Beryl with iron
Geometric form: Hexagonal
Formation: Primary (moltan magma)
Family: Beryl
Birthstone: Aquamarine is associated with the months of March and October and is linked to Scorpio as a Beryl in the

Astrology Birthstone (Zodiac)

Appearance: Vitreous and transluscent, the aquamarine is conchoidal with an indistinct cleavage.


Aura: Aquamarine crystals are used to clear communication blocks and enhance spiritual communication. The stone enhances the aura and allows for the alignment of all the Chakras.
Colour: Aquamarine colours are blue to blue green. They can contain a colour streak of white.
Chakra: Dissipates the obstacles to communication and aligns all the Chakras. It primarily works with the Heart Chakra and is also associated with the Throat, Thymus and Third Eye chakras.




International Crystals - References and resources:


Michael Gienger, Healing Crystals, Earthdancer Books, 2009

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Crystal, 6th ed. 2014

World of Earth Science, Quartz, 2003

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Crystal Healing, 2001


New Oxford American Dictionary