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
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
Stones: Aquamarine simulated
Precious Metal: Setting: Genuine .925 Sterling Silver mountings, posts and
Packaging: Gift Boxed!