Saturday, March 26, 2016

Stone Magic ~ History & Lore

Aquamarine History & Lore

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Beautiful and mystical would be the best words to describe, Aquamarine. Throughout history this gorgeous stone has mesmerized mankind.

A unique form of beryl, Aquamarine derives its name from the Latin word, augua marinus which means "Water of the Seas." Its color varies from pale blue, light blue-green, or even light green. It is usually clear, but iron content gives it its blue/green color. The green of aquamarine is a watery green without any traces of yellow. Because of a phenomenon called a pleachroic effect it may look blue, green, or colorless depending on which angle you look at it. Just the color of this stone takes you to a calm, clear place in your mind.

Sailors believed the stone to be made by Mermaids and wore it as a talisman for protection when at sea. I wonder if they believed they could exchange the stone for their life if confronted by one? It was also believed to calm seasickness.

In the Middle Ages Aquamarine was believed to protect a person from being poisoned. Because of this it became very popular with the rich and royals. This trendy stone also claimed to be effective as an “oracle” crystal. When cut as a crystal ball, it was thought to be a superior stone for fortune telling.

Aquamarine was also cherished but Christians. It was named the stone of 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.” 

Written By: C.L. Collar

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