Belongs to the Beryl Family of Gemstones
is found in the United States, Columbia, Brazil, Russia, South
Africa, Rhodesia, India, Pakistan, Zambia, and Ceylon. Even though
it is found in many places in the world, it is still a fairly
expensive stone in larger sizes from 2 carat up, one with rich
green-blue shades can cost up to $300.00 a carat.
It is safe to clean aquamarine in the ultrasonic cleaner.
Think of the dark, deep blue of the Atlantic or the pale, transparent
blue of the Caribbean. The color range of Aquamarine spans
the seas. Even its name comes from "sea water."
Not surprisingly, aquamarine is said to have been the treasure
of mermaids. Yet its powers work on land to assure a long
marriage, according to legend. Deep blue aquamarines are
the most prized, but the pure blue shades command higher value.
aquamarine was the stone of the sea-goddesses and sirens of the
past times. Beads of aquamarine are found in ancient Egyptian
mummy tombs. They were used as a tribute gemstone to the Gods
of the Nether world for safe passage. King Solomon is said to
have worn one in his breast plate of the 12 holy gemstones.
the "gem of the sea", derives its name from "sea
water". The reference is obvious: aqua sparkles like the
sea and its color is pale to medium blue, sometimes with a slight
hint of green. Aquamarine is the birthstone for March.
say that it is the treasure of mermaids, with the power to keep
sailors safe at sea. Aquamarine is said to be a particularly strong
charm when immersed in water (which is a good thing, since that
is when sailors need its power most!)
was also said to have a soothing influence on land, especially
on married couples. Its power to help husbands and wives work
out their differences and ensure a long and happy marriage makes
it a good anniversary gift. Aquamarine also protects against the
wiles of the devil. A dream of aquamarine means that you will
meet new friends.
is found in Brazil, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria, and other
is always a pastel blue but the darker the color, the more valued
it is. Connoisseurs also prefer a pure blue, with no green in
it. If you prefer a greenish tinge, you will find that these stones
are less expensive.
the color is generally pale, aquamarine should have a good clarity.
These stones are often cut in ovals and emerald cuts. More saturated
colors are unusual in small sizes: usually it takes some size
for the color to hold in a darker shade.
is a durable and lively gemstone that is appropriate for all jewelry
uses. Its pale fire is flattering to most skin tones.