Aquamarine has long been associated with its ability to capture oceanic energy. When amulets made of Aquamarine were worn, sailors believed that unmatched bravery would be instilled in their souls. These fisherman’s friends accompanied their owners while out on the high seas, and in the event of a storm, were tossed overboard to placate Poseidon’s anger. Interestingly, Thai culture contains a common belief that Aquamarine can ward off seasickness and prevent wearers from drowning. Because of its association with the sea, Aquamarine is considered to be a gemstone of purification and cleansing that washes the mind with fresh clear thoughts and promotes self-expression. Its calming effects make it a popular gemstone for those who practice meditation, as it is also believed to eradicate fears and phobias.

Brazil has been the world’s major supplier of Aquamarine for decades. The infamous Marambaia area is one of the most important sources of fine Aquamarine in the world. However, today, several African nations, including Nigeria, Mozambique, Zambia and Madagascar provide an equal, if not greater supply of similarly beautiful examples. The different shades of Aquamarine are distinguished by their own names. “Santa Maria” is the name of the rare, intensely deep blue Aquamarine found in the Santa Maria de Itabira mines of Brazil. Very similar colors are also found in certain mines in Africa, especially in Mozambique, where they have come to be known as “Santa Maria Africana”. Another Brazilian beauty is the deep blue “Espirito Santo”, coming from the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo. Another beautifully colored variety has taken its name from a 1954 Brazilian beauty queen, “Martha Rocha”.