Have you ever thought about telling people a little something about the gemstones you use to make the jewelry they buy from you? What wonderful stories are behind so many of our natural gemstones, beads and crystals. Here’s a bit about aquamarine, just to give you an idea.
Early sailors carved aquamarine into small amulets of the god Neptune, and believed this would protect them from seasickness, nightmares, and drowning. This beautiful gemstone is also associated to other legends involving water. It’s no wonder, as the word aquamarine literally means “ocean water”. Ancient sailors believed that the fish-like lower portion of mermaids’ bodies were made of aquamarine. The stone was also submerged in water for medicinal purposes. This water was believed to be endowed with power from the stone, and have the medicinal use of reversing poison, and healing ailments of the heart, liver, stomach, mouth and throat.
When aquamarine is given to someone, it is said to represent safety and security. Included here are a few examples of Etsy artisan favorites who use aquamarine in a most magical way. Check them out for inspiration (or buying, if you happen to fall in love)...
To the right is an Aquamarine Mermaid Beaded Necklace of wire-wrapped jewelry and healing crystals, by Majestic Queen.
On the left is an exquisite 18/24 ct gold necklace from Bimonia, with Mexican Fire Opals, Ethiopian Opal and Aquamarines.
And to below is another one of my favorite designs, an Aquamarine, Ruby, and Apatite Necklace with 22k gold-filled beads - from Moontree Boutique.
Come back next week for more tips, stories, learning opportunities and inspiration!
Until Next Time,