Chemical Formula: Be3Al2Si6O18 – beryllium aluminium silicate
Beryl Species includes Aquamarine, Emerald, Heliodor, Morganite, Goshenite and precious beryl
History: Aquamarine, or blue-green beryl, derives its name from the Latin for “sea water”, due to its colour. In the past, aquamarine was believed to improve the memory, and to change colour to reveal true or false, and friend or foe. A 3rd-4th C AD Greek lapidary (fragment only – no details) cites aquamarine as an amulet to prevent fear in those going to sea.
General Properties for Beryl: All beryls are heart-centred, and are calming and balancing. With this also comes a sense of analytical detachment, making them extremely helpful in stepping back from a problem in order to gain insight. Beryls have been used for thousands of years to treat injuries and diseases of the eyes, and detoxify or remove poison from the body. Some of the best known and best loved gemstones are members of the beryl species, and each have their own individual properties.
Properties for Aquamarine: Aquamarine promotes spiritual growth and psychic development, especially clairvoyance, as well as inner stillness and expansion. It can lift the spirits, helping us to feel happy and relaxed, yet without lethargy, so we are still goal-orientated and dynamic. It brings clarity in confusion, and helps us to organise our thoughts and ideas. Carried through from the Middle Ages, it is still believed to encourage us to “speak our truth”. It aids balance on all levels, including hormone, mood and energy balancing. On a physical level, it is detoxifying, supports the immune and auto-immune systems, and is particularly useful in treatment of diseases of the thyroid. For centuries it has been purported to improve eyesight, and is still used in this manner today. Aquamarine crystal water (fresh, without preservative) can be used as an eye wash to treat diseases of the eye.