Aquamarine History & Lore:
The Sumerians, Egyptians, and Hebrews also admired and valued aquamarine
greatly. It was a symbol of happiness and everlasting youth. In the
Christian era, the aquamarine was identified with the Apostle, St.
Thomas, because it “imitated the sea and the air” and the Saint “made
long journeys by sea, even to India, to preach salvation.” Identifying a
certain jewel with one of the twelve apostles was a common practice at
that time. William Langland’s “The Vision Concerning Piers and the
Plowman,” from 1377, mentions the aquamarine as an antidote for poison.
This antidote was widely known throughout Europe. Because there was a
wide amount of poisonings amongst royalty at the time, the gem was in
popular demand just for that purpose. It was not necessary to pulverize
the stone, as it was/ is with other gemstones. Simply wearing the stone
as a pendant or in a ring was just as effective.
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