Named after seawater, aquamarine’s fresh watery hue is a cool plunge into a refreshing pool.
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and the gem of the 19th wedding anniversary.
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
The largest gem-quality aquamarine crystal mined to date is 19 inches long.
Like emerald, aquamarine is a color variety of the mineral beryl.
Aquamarine is mined at high elevations in Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountains.
Aquamarine grows in beautiful six-sided prismatic crystals that on rare occasions can be more than a foot long.
Faceted aquamarine is often exceptionally transparent with vitreous luster, so it really sparkles.
Using a dichroscope, you can see aquamarine is near colorless and stronger blue in different crystal directions.
Tourmaline’s varieties have a wide range of quality factors considerations.