Aquamarine

Named after seawater, aquamarine’s fresh watery hue is a cool plunge into a refreshing pool.

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BIRTHSTONES &
ANNIVERSARIES

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and the gem of the 19th wedding anniversary.

 

ABOUT AQUAMARINE

Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater and it was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. March’s birthstone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages. The best gems combine high clarity with limpid transparency and blue to slightly greenish blue hues. Like many beryls, aquamarine forms large crystals suitable for sizable fashioned gems and carvings.


WHY WE LOVE THIS GEMSTONE

110 KILOS

The largest gem-quality aquamarine crystal mined to date is 19 inches long.

BERYL

Like emerald, aquamarine is a color variety of the mineral beryl.

15,000 FEET

Aquamarine is mined at high elevations in Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountains.

 

BEAUTIFUL CRYSTALS

Aquamarine grows in beautiful six-sided prismatic crystals that on rare occasions can be more than a foot long.

TRANSPARENCY

             Faceted aquamarine is often exceptionally transparent with vitreous luster, so it really sparkles.

DICHROIC

Using a dichroscope, you can see aquamarine is near colorless and stronger blue in different crystal directions.


QUALITY FACTORS

Tourmaline’s varieties have a wide range of quality factors considerations.

CUT Because aquamarine’s color is light, cutting is important and well-cut gems show brilliance.

CUT
Because aquamarine’s color is light, cutting is important and well-cut gems show brilliance.

COLOR Aquamarine’s preferred color is a moderately strong dark blue to slightly greenish blue.

COLOR
Aquamarine’s preferred color is a moderately strong dark blue to slightly greenish blue.

CLARITY Most cut gems are eye-clean. Large examples are available without visible inclusions.

CLARITY
Most cut gems are eye-clean. Large examples are available without visible inclusions.

CARAT WEIGHT Aquamarine crystals range from tiny to very large—some even up to 100 lbs.

CARAT WEIGHT
Aquamarine crystals range from tiny to very large—some even up to 100 lbs.