Gemstones

Aquamarine

Aquamarine - March Birthstone

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What is Aquamarine?

Aquamarine is the birthstone of March, but it also has a much deeper spiritual meaning that can be applied to anyone. It is a stone of love, capturing the essence of such raw, pure emotion in total clarity. It is also connected to the throat chakra, and aids in clear communication with the world around you.

Healing Properties

Aquamarine is believed to have healing properties associated with the throat. There is a deep connection to that part of the body, as it is strongly tied to the throat chakra as well. It helps to soothe sore throats, and eliminate inflammation of the glands and thyroid. Helps reducing the effects of conditions such as hayfever and certain allergies that have symptoms that can be felt in the throat. It is also believed to offer protection for babies during pregnancy, by ensuring that they have a safe journey full of growth and abundance.

More broadly, this stone helps to boost the immune system of the wearer, especially after they have been sick. Aquamarines help to promote new growth and development in the body, and can balance out hormones.

Association with Chakras

Aquamarine is strongly associated with the throat chakra. The throat chakra is connected to communication – how we can speak clearly so that others may hear us, and how we can hear them in return. Wearing aquamarine can help when someones feel as though they are not understood, or as though they are not expressing themselves correctly. Using aquamarine to align your throat chakra opens up your communication channels, not just verbally but spiritually and mentally as well. Others will become more aware of not just what you are trying to say, but how you express yourself, and how you respond to them.

The aquamarine is at its most powerful when worn as a necklace, directly over the throat to connect to the corresponding chakra. But the power it has aligning the throat chakra can still be felt when aquamarine is worn as a bracelet, earrings, or a ring. The stone is a powerful tool, and this is not negated by where on the body the aquamarine is held.

The act of giving

Aquamarine will always be well received by friends and family who have birthdays in March. But it’s also a gift that can be given purely because the receiver is special to you. Giving someone an aquamarine stone is a token of love, which is why it is often used in engagement rings, or wedding anniversary gifts. It represents not only your attachment to them, but your hope that they see clearly your desire for them to succeed spiritually and emotionally.

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Origins of Aquamarine

Aquamarine can be found naturally occurring in Asia, Africa, South America, and even North America (specifically in Colorado). Because of this, the gemstone was won by a variety of different cultures throughout time, as they ascribed their own meanings and importance to it.

The term “aquamarine” comes from the Latin phrase “aqua marina”, which means seawater. The bright blues and greens of this stone have such strong connections to the ocean, something that is immediately obvious upon looking at them. Usually, the gems can display clarity as soon as they are mined, before they are even cleaned, showcasing their stunning colors. Sailors often used to take aquamarine with them on long and dangerous voyages, because it was believed that the stone would help calm the seas and offer them safe passage.

Aquamarine was also believed to be associated with love in a number of different cultures. People believed that the stone was so clear and pure that it could absorb powerful new love. It was gifted to couples as a wedding present because the stone retained this love. In times of marital struggle, couples could return to the stone to be reminded of the love they shared, and feel proof that it can still exist today. Romans also believed that if you carved a frog into an aquamarine, it would transform enemies into friends. The stone would absorb the negativity and metamorphosize it into friendship, the same way that tadpoles turn into frogs.

Today, we associate the term aquamarine with bright blue, clear stones. However initially, it was the gems that were slightly greener and more ocean-colored that were favored, as they bore a stronger resemblance to the sea they got their name from. You can also find aquamarines that are almost completely clear, or take on a different shade, such as pink. Where in the world your aquamarine comes from often plays a major part in its hue. For example, aquamarines mined high in the mountains of Pakistan are believed to be some of the clearest in the world.

Spiritual Properties

Aquamarine is also known as a stone of love and friendship. It helps to calm and filter unwanted emotions, leaving the wearer surrounded only by positive love and energy. The gem allows wearers to become more attuned to their own spirituality, and the love they have to place out into the world. It makes people aware of their own sensitive nature, but in a way that allows them to embrace all of the good aspects of feeling the world so intensely. Sensitivity enables people to connect with others on a deeper level, and experience their joys with them, so much more strongly.

As it is connected to the throat chakra and personal communication, it allows wearers to feel free to be themselves. It allows people to communicate open and honestly about their innermost thoughts, not just with others, but with themselves. Possessing the clarity to understand oneself is the first step to then being able to communicate that with others.

Not only that, but it helps people to see more clearly. The clear blues and greens of aquamarine provide clarity and heightened awareness in users so that they can seek the truth in every situation. This relates not only to oneself, but to the world around as well. It presents wisdom and understanding, so that the wearer may see the true meaning of actions.

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Gemstones

Garnet

Garnet - January Birthstone

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What is Garnet?

When people think of garnet, they tend to imagine it as a beautiful, deep red stone. While red garnet is incredibly popular, it can also be found in a range of other hues such as yellow, pink, orange, and green. Garnet is actually just the name of a group of minerals that form the same type of rock. This diverse group of gems has a number of functions and spiritual uses, depending on the type.

The name garnet comes from the word “granatus”, which is Latin for “seedlike”. This is in reference to the fact that the popular red garnet looks like the seeds from a pomegranate, in shape and in colour.

January Birthstone

Garnet is well-known as the birthstone for the month of January. When people wear garnet as a birthstone, they generally use pyrope garnet, which is a type of gem that provides the beautiful red colour that is associated with the stone. It has a number of different meanings and uses, but is generally thought to provide the wearer with positive energy for self-growth, passion, and creative endeavours.

Association with Chakras

Pyrope garnet is also known as a stone that represents the root chakra. The root chakra (Muladhara) is also known as the Earth chakra, and it is the basis of your stability and basic needs. Wearing or owning garnet helps to purify your chakra, by removing negative energy from your body and spirit. It is also known as a stone of passion and can bring great sexual and emotional energy to the wearer.

Tsavorite and grossular garnet are both believed to be attached to the heart chakra and related to growth and a lust for life. These gems help to unblock the heart chakra so that the wearer can be more receptive to feelings of trust and compassion, that they can then put back into the universe tenfold.

Garnet Makes the Perfect Gift

Garnet can also be a beautiful and thoughtful gift for anyone in your life. While it is often given to those who have a birthday in January, it can also be a touching present for everyone else, for its diverse healing properties. Gift a specific type of garnet to signify your wish for the receiver to be successful, healthy and prosperous. Even if someone is not necessarily spiritual, the deep shades of garnet in all of their colours are still aesthetically pleasing and will last a long time.

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The History of Use

Garnets are found all over the world and have a long history. Evidence of their use has been found dating back to 3000 B.C., in the grave of a young soldier. This indicates that their importance in society is nothing new, and has existed for centuries. They were frequently worn for their healing powers, both mental and physical, a practice that is still common today.

The earliest evidence of garnet was found in the grave of a young soldier, signifying not only their importance at the time but their strength and durability. They were worn for their healing powers, a practice that is still common today. The physical strength and durability of these stones is also evident, which is also part of what has made them so popular.

It has been used as a symbol in many different religions and cultures across time. It has always been seen as sacred by Native American tribes, Aztecs, Mayans, and various African tribes as well. It was believed that it would bring enlightenment to the user, and increase their creative capabilities. This is still very much true for the tribes that still exist today.

Many Asiatic tribes believed that the deep red colour was associated with blood, and it was used as a weapon. Soldiers would launch garnets as bullets against enemies, believing that the physical strength of the stone and its spiritual powers would cause fatal blows.

Different Types of Garnet

– Pyrope Garnet

This is the type of garnet that people generally think of when they are thinking about garnet. Pyrope garnet has a bright red colour that everyone immediately recognises, and is often referred to as “living fire”. This type of garnet is believed to have healing properties, both mentally and physically. It helps to invoke positive emotions in the wearer, specifically relating to love and sexuality.

– Tsavorite Garnet

This type of garnet is a bold green colour and is one of the most expensive and rare forms of garnet. It can only be found in Kenya and Tanzania, and part of the allure of this gem is its age. Tsavorite garnets were formed on earth over 2 billion years ago, long before humans, even dinosaurs roamed the earth.

– Grossular Garnet

Grossular garnet tends to be a light green colour but can also be found in dark yellow and gold shades. This type of garnet symbolises creativity, prosperity and motivation. They help the wearer to find the inner strength they need to continue on their personal journey and to radiate gratitude and positive energy. The colours tie the stone to Mother Earth and embody her nurturing and protective nature. They offer the wearer deep spiritual connections,

– Hessonite Garnet

Hessonite garnet is often referred to as the cinnamon stone, for its beautiful warm brown and rusty red hues. This stone is known to produce success and positivity for the wearer or owner. They can improve feelings of confidence and happiness that come from a sense of self-acceptance. They are also believed to have physical healing properties, specifically in regards to the lymphatic system, by helping to detoxify all unhealthy matters from the body. It is also believed to positively affect the hormonal system and aid with fertility.

– Rhodolite Garnet

Rhodolite garnet is often a vibrant purple colour, and its name comes from the Greek word for rose – “rhodon”. This stone is used for emotional healing and balance, as well as inspiration. It helps the owner to release any negative feelings of guilt or shame, and embrace their true self-worth. It is also believed to physically aid heart and lung health. It is a great stone for pregnancy as it helps to attract loving energy and project it back out to the universe.

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