Aquamarine is the birthstone for March (The Pisces Birthstone) and the gem of the 19th wedding anniversary.

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“A March born shall always be

Soothed by Aqua, gem of sea

This mermaid’s treasured stone you wear

Will bring happiness, love, affection and care.”

This is perhaps the most appropriately named gem among all gemstones. Ocean-like Aquamarine acquires its name from two Latin words: aqua, meaning “water,” and marina, meaning “of the sea.” Its fresh watery hue engulfs you like a luxurious plunge pool.

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Aquamarine is the green-blue to blue strain of the mineral beryl. The color is due to trace amounts of iron impurities in the beryl structure.

It is the mineral cousin to emerald, morganite, heliodor, and goshenite which are other varieties of beryl. The more celebrated Emerald is the green to bluish green variety of this mineral.

Facts About Aquamarine:
Mineral : Beryl
Chemistry : Be3Al2Si6O18
Color : Greenish Blue, Light In Tone
Refractive Index : 1.577 to 1.583
Birefringence : 0.005 to 0.009
Specific Gravity : 2.72
Mohs Hardness : 7.5 to 8.0

Heat treatment usually enhances the bluish appearance of Aquamarines. Light green Beryl can be transformed into Aquamarine if heated to 750º F (400º C). The green hues in most Aquamarines can also be removed through heat treatment.

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Amulets featuring aquamarines have been dated to be as old as 500 B.C. The gemstone pre-dates even the Roman Empire. It has been highly cherished as a gemstone for thousands of years.

During the medieval era, this gemstone was believed to possess mystical properties and cut into a crystal ball. The crystal ball was believed to help in focusing on the future and in fortune telling. The use of crystal balls during this era was quite widespread. This technique of trying to see into the impending future was used by famous mystics like Dr. John Dee who caste the horoscope of Queen Elizabeth I. During this period the gemstone was also believed to be as an antidote for poison.

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Aquamarines were a popular gemstone used in jewelry crafted during the Roman times. The Romans held an odd belief. They carved the figure of a frog on the gemstone. It was deemed to reconcile enemies & make them friends.

Their bridegrooms gifted Aquamarine to Roman brides. This March’s birthstone was thought to kindle the flames of young love and enhance the happiness of marriages.

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Aquamarine acquires its name from Latin for seawater. The Greeks along with the Romans presented this gemstone to their sailors. The stone was said to calm waves. It was believed to bestow a prosperous & safe journey across stormy seas.

The gemstone was also believed to turn soldiers invincible and bring victory in battles. It is also said to quicken the intellect.

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The properties with which this birthstone of the Zodiac sign of Pisces, is associated are as follows:

Faithfulness, Courage & Friendship.

Awareness, Quick response & Easing communication problems.

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Most of us fail to realize the grueling nature of a gemstone’s journey from the mine to a jewelry counter. The journey always involves a great deal of sweat and effort. Hundreds of tons of earth and countless hours of hard labor are needed to bring a gem from mine to market.

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Brazil is the chief producer of the gemstone; other important producers are Myanmar (Burma), Russia, China, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, & United States (Colorado and California).

The gemstone is also mined at high elevations in Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountains.

Factors Determining Quality:

Like diamonds, gemstones too are graded by their Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight popularly known as the four Cs.

Color Is An Important Quality Factor For Aquamarine:

As with other colored gems, the most valuable stones are those with the richest color saturation.

Aquamarines display a very limited range of colors. The gemstone is either blue, very slightly greenish blue, greenish blue, very strongly greenish blue, or green-blue. A dark blue to slightly greenish blue gem with moderately strong intensity is the most valuable. Generally purer & more intense blue color makes the stone more precious.

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If you are a lover of blue gemstones, both Aquamarine and treated blue Topaz will vie for your attention. Nevertheless, fine Aquamarines command a higher price than comparable quality treated blue topaz.

Some buyers prefer the more greenish natural color. Yet most of the aquamarines in the market are heat treated to give them a purer blue.

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Cut gemstones often have to be reasonably large—five carats or more—to exhibit intense, dark color. Small gems are seldom saturated enough to be striking. Even so, stones from some mines in Africa like Nigeria, Madagascar, and Mozambique are recognized for intense color in sizes less than five carats. Consequently, smaller, top-color stones may possibly sell for a higher per carat prize than larger stones of the same color.

Fine stones show even blue color with no zoning. The right hue is also a matter of personal choice.

Clarity is also important. Most fine Aquamarine gems are eye clean.

Aquamarine is one of the cleanest gemstones provided by nature. Its crystals are known to be large in size and relatively clean and well-formed.

Virtually all faceted aquamarines are free from inclusions visible to the naked eye. Inclusions visible under magnification should be slight and interior. Buyers expect clean gems with good transparency.

Included, but good-color gemstones can be used as exclusive centerpieces for jewelry pieces.

Stones with eye-visible inclusions are frequently fashioned into cabochons, beads, or carvings.

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Some  crystals have a large number of parallel inclusions. These are long hollow or liquid-filled tubes. If such inclusions are numerous enough, lapidaries shape the rough to display a cat’s-eye.

Fine aquamarines are a communion of color and clarity. Careful cutting capitalizes on both characteristics to create classy gems.

Cut Is Among The Most Important Factors In Appearance.

Availability of rough Aquamarine mineral is fairly plentiful in nature. Hence well cut stones are fairly common.

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Choose a stone with a high-quality cut. The cut of any gemstone decides its brilliance, or the way it reflects light. Well-cut aquamarines are highly reflective. Hold the stone up to the light and turn it to examine how the light strikes it from various angles.

Pick out a shape:

Rough aquamarine is rather easy to cut and resistant to fractures. Cutters are able to create new and imaginative shapes. As such, the gemstone offers itself in a vast variety of shapes.

Traditional shapes include round, pear, oval, square, and emerald. Cutters often fashion them into emerald cuts or as round or oval brilliants.

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The gemstone’s hardness & transparency make it a rage with designers, artists, and carvers. As a result, many vanity and modern shapes along with one-of-a-kind designer cuts are also available.

Choose a shape appealing to your taste.

Carat Weight:

Aquamarine is abundantly available in fairly large sizes. The crystals come in an array of sizes ranging from very small to very large.

The large stones are difficult to use in crafting jewelry. So there is less demand for them except as center stones. Therefore, price per carat for this gemstone tends to decrease in case of sizes above 25 carats.

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On the other hand, smaller stones are paler. Cut gems have a propensity for darker color when they are larger than five carats.

Small aquamarines look nice in delicate pieces, while the larger gemstones can make a striking statement.

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Many crystals in very large sizes have been discovered. The largest Brazilian aquamarine on record was found in 1910, in Minas Gerais, Brazil. It weighed 244 lbs. (110 kg) and measured 19 in. (48 cm) long and 15 in. (38 cm) in diameter. It was then cut into smaller stones which yielded over 200,000 carats.

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Ask about heat treatment:

Heat treatment is a widely accepted practice used to enhance the blueness of this stone. The treatment is permanent and does not damage the stone.

Most Aquamarines available in the market have been heat-treated. The natural gemstone is usually lighter and greener. Heat treatment induces deeper bluer hues. While natural deeper bluish hues do exist, they are rare. The gemstone industry considers it an acceptable practice. But this information should always be disclosed to the buyer.

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Aquamarine has a good degree of toughness & durability. It ranks fairly high on Moh’s scale of hardness. These factors make it ideal for crafting jewelry, and it requires no special care. It can be cleaned simply using warm soapy water and a soft brush.

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