Throughout more recent history, aquamarine has continued to hold an important place in relationships. The qualities of truth, consistency, vision, and clarity are said to enhance empathy for friends and loved ones alike, encouraging communication while enhancing love and compassion. Aquamarine brings greater optimism to relationships, and even today, the stone is believed to be one that can help revive love between a couple who have grown distant from one another.
In crystal healing, aquamarine’s vibrations are said to bring harmony to the thyroid gland, promote better immunity, and help allergy sufferers cope with problems, especially those related to dust or dry grass. Its aura is one that radiates pure love, making it an excellent stone to use when working to heal anger and fear. Its reputation for bringing relief from sadness and lifting depression is renowned. Aquamarine’s lovely colour is also associated with courage, loyalty, and lasting friendship, and it is said to heighten one’s mental and psychic awareness while enhancing communication skills.
Spiritually, aquamarine is viewed as a stone of empowerment, resilience, and compassion. It can help men to eliminate the emotional numbness that’s so often imbued during upbringing, and it can help give women the courage to voice their intuitions. The gem can help both genders enjoy greater vitality in all aspects of life.
There are quite a few famous diamonds, emeralds, and rubies, but famous aquamarines are few and far between. One of the most impressive – and certainly one of the world’s largest – aquamarines is the Elinor Roosevelt Aquamarine. This famous birthstone weighed 1.3 kilograms when it was mined in Brazil; the rough was cut into two stones, one of which is a rectangular step cut stone that weighs in at an astounding 1,298 carats.
The Elinor Roosevelt Aquamarine was presented to U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1936, when she and President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Rio de Janeiro during the famous “Good Neighbor” South American cruise. The stone was presented to the First Lady by President Vargas of Brazil as a symbol of kindness and generosity toward the people of the United States, and as a lucky charm for the first couple’s continued safety during their time at sea.
It still resides in the stunning Art Deco style box that it was presented in, and it is often on public display at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York.
Ancient Romans held Aquamarine sacred, believing this clear blue stone offered a connection to Neptune, Rome’s god of the sea. This connection made it a favourite with sailors, promising them safety from sea monsters and other perils they might encounter when underway. The stone also offered prosperity and assured a safe return home. Ancient Greeks revered aquamarine too, often wearing protective amulets engraved with the image of Poseidon, lord of the sea, riding his chariot. Aquamarine is still a favourite gift between loved ones who spend time apart from one another.
Fast forward to medieval times, and you’ll find that aquamarine’s popularity remained steadfast. The stone was often presented as a gift, with the intention of healing differences between old friends and married couples who were at odds with one another.
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