The ancient Egyptians believed that aquamarine quickened the intellect and made the wearer both relaxed and fearless. A variety of the beryl family, the pale blue/green aquamarine has been likened to a thousand leagues of sunlit sea imprisoned in a cup; the Romans esteemed it because its color was that of a calm sea, a metaphor for peace. According to Eastern philosophy, the aquamarine is traditionally a stone of power, one that brings order and balance to the wearer. It is excellent for meditation and is said to have a soothing effect on both the thymus gland and the heart chakra. Its pale but exquisite color is flattering both to the wearer and to the eye of the beholder.