Aquamarine Facts, Information and Description.

Aquamarine Facts, Information and Description

The gemstone Aquamarine is the modern March birthstone as adopted by the American National Association of Jewelers in 1912. It is also the birth stone for the Zodiac sign of Scorpio. See the birthstone table for additional references to this stone. Aquamarine is suggested as a gem to give on the 16th and 19th wedding anniversaries.

Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family and ranges in color from an almost colorless pale blue to blue-green or teal. The most prized color is a deep-blue aqua color. It is 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale of hardness and gets its name from Latin words meaning water and sea.

The most valuable aquamarines come from Brazil, but it is also mined in Kenya and Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia. . Aquamarines on the market today are usually faceted, but when cut as a cabochon, they may display a cat's eye effect known as asterism.

Some gemstones are heated to high temperatures to enhance the color and/or clarity of a stone. Aquamarines are often heat treated to change a blue-green or teal colored stone to a pure blue. This results in a permanent color change.

Crystal system: hexagonal

Fracture: Conchoidal

Luster: Vitreous to resinous

Folklore, Legend, Healing Properties:

Since early times, aquamarine has been believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage, and happiness. It is said to increase intelligence and make one youthful. As a healing stone, it is said to be effective as a treatment for anxiety and in the Middle Ages it was thought that aquamarine would reduce the effect of poisons.

A legend says that sailors wore aquamarine gemstones to keep them safe and prevent seasickness.

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Aquamarine Color

The basic colour of this beautiful gem is light bluish but it is found in all possible shades of seawater. The colour shades varies from dark blue to sky blue with a trace of green in it. The colour variation occurs because the colour of seawater of two countries cannot be similar. Every country has different climatic conditions. Presence of iron impurities in the chemical composition is responsible for the colour of the gemstone and change in its proportion causes the colour change. Bright light blue colour with full transparency looks amazing and is most in demand. Generally this fascinating stone has even distribution of colour throughout its surface.

Aquamarine Cut

Cut – Cutting this rough stone is quite easy. This is reason why jewelry designers named it as their pet gemstone. They are able to achieve their imaginative cuts and shapes in physical form. It is the stone that looks overwhelming in every new and modern cut. These new-fangled cuts have put in largely to boost the popularity of the gem. The usual traditional cuts are also seen like round, pear, oval, square, emerald, triangle and many more.

Aquamarine Usage

It is extensively used for making fabulous jewelry. It is also paired with other gemstone like diamonds, emerald, red garnets etc. Jewelry designs possessing the big large stone in the center while small diamonds around it look extraordinary beautiful. It is suitable for the daily wear as its good hardness rate protects it from getting scratched.

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