Are you looking for a quick read about the gemstone Aquamarine?
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Aquamarine is a variety of Beryl that ranges from greenish-blue to bluish-green and is most often transparent with few inclusions. The most valued: pure blue with very little green.
Almost all Aquamarine on the market today is heat treated to reduce excess green that diminishes the pure blue hue. Heating intensifies the blue color.
Aquamarine is known as the gem of the sea.
In Latin, the name Aquamarine literally means "seawater." In ancient times, it was said to be the treasure of mermaids and thought to be a lucky stone for sailors and would protect them during storms.
Even on land, the gemstone has influence. It is reputed to ensure a happy, peaceful marriage helping husbands and wives work out their differences to ensure a long and happy marriage - which makes aqua a good anniversary present.
CRYSTAL SYSTEM: Hexagonal Columns
CHEMICAL FORMULA: Al2Be3[Si6O18] Aluminum Beryllium Silicate
COLOR RANGE: Greenish blue to greenish blue
CAUSE OF COLOR: Iron
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ACCEPTABLE ENHANCEMENTS: Heat treatment
HARDNESS: 7.5 - 8
CARE: Basic jewelry care: warm water, soft brush, and mild liquid soap.
DID YOU KNOW?
Aquamarine looks great on all skin tones.
In Germany thin slices of aquamarine were used as lens in eye glasses to improve shortsightedness.
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Can aquamarine crystals be found in the U.S.?
Yes, aquamarine can be found in two states, California and Colorado, where it is the state gemstone.
Which metal is best for setting Aquamarines?
Most of the time you will see aquas set in white metal, either white gold or platinum, which emphasizes the icy blue tones and clarity of the stones. But the decision is based on your own preference.
Does aquamarine have any medicinal powers?
For those that believe in the powers of crystal healing, there are several beliefs regarding the healing abilities of aquamarine.
- Calms nerves
- Reduces stress
- Increases energy levels
What determines value for aquamarines?
As with all colored gemstones, color is paramount. So color and gemstone size (carat weight) are the two most important of the 4Cs when determining value.
The color that is considered most valuable, is pure, vibrant, highly saturated blue.
The best color for aquamarines is usually found in stones of five carats and larger.
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What occasions are appropriate for presenting aquamarine jewelry?
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and it marks the 19th wedding anniversary. But, "just because" is also a great reason to give a loved one aquamarine jewelry.
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Francesca de Granville, G.G. (GIA) F.G.A.
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