AQUAMARINE, the blue variety of beryl

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VARIETY INFORMATION:

  • VARIETY OF: Beryl , Be3 Al2 Si6 O18 .
  • USES: Gemstone.
  • BIRTHSTONE FOR: March
  • COLOR: various shades of blue to blue-green.
  • INDEX OF REFRACTION: 1.57 - 1.60
  • BIREFRINGENCE: 0.004 - 0.008
  • HARDNESS: 7.5 - 8
  • CLEAVAGE: one direction, poor.
  • CRYSTAL SYSTEM: hexagonal
  • Pleochroic: weak
  • For natural aquamarine mineral specimens see our For Sale or Sold lists
    For Aquamarine Jewelry, see --> AQUAMARINE JEWELRY

Aquamarine is the blue, or perhaps more correctly, blue-green or aqua variety of the mineral beryl. Other gemstone color varieties that are also the mineral beryl include emerald, morganite, and heliodor. Other colors of beryl are simply referred to by their color, such as red beryl.

Aquamarine is colored by trace amounts of iron. Most gem aquamarines have been heat treated to produce the popular blue-green colors from less desirable yellow or pale stones. The leading producer of aquamarines is the country of Brazil, which has many mines. Pakistan, as well as many U.S. localities, produce wonderful specimens as well. Recently, a new mine in China has produced large numbers of excellent flat (stubby) hexagonal crystals, for a fraction of the price of those beautiful Pakistan specimens.

Aquamarine is sometimes found in huge crystals (unlike emerald).  It is also known in a glassy form, often without showing crystal form, and sometimes with many holes or other odd shapes.  Other times a large cluster of prismatic crystals can be seen to all have the same alignment - a sign that it is really a single crystal with many faces.

Aquamarine often forms perfect, flawless crystals - also unlike Emerald for which flawless natural crystals are extremely rare.

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March.

Aquamarine Jewelry - Hover over an item for more information
Ross-Simons Milky Aquamarine, Moonstone Mosaic Ring, Blue Topaz, Diamonds
Here's a fresh mosaic-style ring with moonstone, 2.20 ct. t.w. blue topaz, and milky aquamarine with halos of .20 ct. t.w. diamonds. Sterling silver ring.Only $385.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons Milky Aquamarine, Moonstone Mosaic Ring, Blue Topaz, Diamonds
$385.00
Ross-Simons
Sterling Silver Aquamarine Stud Earrings Jewelry
This Earrings was handmade by a master artisan and is one of a kind.Only $99.74 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Aquamarine Stud Earrings Jewelry
$99.74
JeGem.com
Sterling Silver Aquamarine Ring Jewelry
This Ring was handmade by a master artisan and is one of a kind.Only $113.99 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Aquamarine Ring Jewelry
$113.99
JeGem.com
Ross-Simons 2.25ct Aquamarine Ring, .15ct t.w. Diamonds in Silver
This fabulous 2.25 carat aquamarine ring will surely add the perfect finishing touch to any ensemble! The pretty oval aquamarine is framed in .15 ct. t.w. of dazzling diamonds to add more glamour to this wonderful presentation. Sterling silver ring....Only $425.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 2.25ct Aquamarine Ring, .15ct t.w. Diamonds in Silver
$425.00
Ross-Simons
Ross-Simons 1.50 Carat Aquamarine Ring With Diamonds in Sterling Silver
A fashion statement for all seasons, this sophisticated and romantic 1.50 carat aquamarine ring speaks volumes. The twinkling diamond accents make this a chic and icy combo. Sterling silver ring. Aquamarine birthstones are the perfect gift for March...Only $195.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 1.50 Carat Aquamarine Ring With Diamonds in Sterling Silver
$195.00
Ross-Simons
Ross-Simons 2.00 ct. t.w. Aquamarine Eternity Band in Sterling Silver
Wrap your finger in the glistening ocean blue of this eternity band. 2.00 ct. t.w. aquamarines travel all around the band in sparkling splendor. Sterling silver ring. Aquamarine birthstones are the perfect gift for March birthdays.Only $195.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 2.00 ct. t.w. Aquamarine Eternity Band in Sterling Silver
$195.00
Ross-Simons
ONLINE ONLY - Alexandra Gem Lab-Created Aquamarine & Sapphire Earrings, Womens
Add a graceful touch to your jewelry collection with these charming drop earrings, featuring the perfect pairing of lab-created aquamarine and sapphires, set in icy rhodium-plated sterling silver. Metal: Rhodium-plated sterling silverStones:...Only $149.99 at jcpenney
no photoONLINE ONLY - Alexandra Gem Lab-Created Aquamarine & Sapphire Earrings, Womens
$149.99
jcpenney
Sterling Silver Aquamarine Cross Pendant Jewelry
This Pendant was handmade by a master artisan and is one of a kind.Only $149.99 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Aquamarine Cross Pendant Jewelry
$149.99
JeGem.com
Ross-Simons Aquamarine, Morganite Torsade Necklace, Silver. 17"
Our fun and flirty aquamarine and morganite torsade necklace has refreshing sherbet colors for all the days of spring and beyond. Twisted strands of opaque aquamarine and morganite will liven up your look. Includes 1 1/2" extender. Necklace fastens...Only $99.95 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons Aquamarine, Morganite Torsade Necklace, Silver. 17"
$99.95
Ross-Simons
Multi-Stone Vine Hinge Bangle, Green - Alexis Bittar
Golden plated Alexis Bittar bangle with porous finish. Silvertone vine detailing with pave Swarovski crystals. Faceted white quartz, amazonite doublet, aquamarine glass, and chrysoprase. Hinged magnetic closure. 6 3/4in inside circumference. 1 1/2in...Only $395.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoMulti-Stone Vine Hinge Bangle, Green - Alexis Bittar
$395.00
Neiman Marcus
Petite Diamond & Aquamarine Engagement Ring 14k White Gold (0.15ct)
Leave her breathless with this petite diamond & aquamarine engagement ring in 14k white gold . The engagement ring features 10 beautiful round cut gemstones, alternating blue aquamarines and G-H color, SI1-SI2 clarity diamonds prong set along the band...Only $590.00 at Allurez.com
no photoPetite Diamond & Aquamarine Engagement Ring 14k White Gold (0.15ct)
$590.00
Allurez.com
Aquamarine & Tanzanite Splendor Ring
A glistening aquamarine is surrounded by two stunning tanzanite and 12 dazzling diamonds in this 14kt gold-plated sterling silver ring.Available in whole sizes 5 to 10.Only $249.00 at Danbury Mint
no photoAquamarine & Tanzanite Splendor Ring
$249.00
Danbury Mint
Cushion Cut Aquamarine & Diamond Pendant in 14k White Gold 0.81ctw
Simple, elegant and absolutely perfect for those who celebrate a birthday in March, this lovely vintage style aquamarine gemstone and diamond pendant is sure to please. Crafted from 14k white gold, this eye-catching pendant features a 6x6mm cushion...Only $190.00 at Allurez.com
no photoCushion Cut Aquamarine & Diamond Pendant in 14k White Gold 0.81ctw
$190.00
Allurez.com
Sterling Silver Premium Grade Aquamarine Ring Jewelry
This Ring was handmade by a master artisan and is one of a kind.Only $154.49 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Premium Grade Aquamarine Ring Jewelry
$154.49
JeGem.com
Ross-Simons Oval Aquamarine and 1.70 ct. t.w. Blue Topaz Ring in 14kt Yellow Gold
This oval aquamarine cabochon is feted in a frame of glimmering round blue topaz gemstones. A glamorous look with timeless appeal. 14kt yellow gold ring. Aquamarine birthstones are the perfect gift for March birthdays.Only $630.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons Oval Aquamarine and 1.70 ct. t.w. Blue Topaz Ring in 14kt Yellow Gold
$630.00
Ross-Simons
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