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
0.35 ctw 14K White Gold Round Aquamarine Fashion Eternity Stackables Wedding Band Width (4 mm)
This ring is available in ring size 6.5 for any other size, please contact customer supportOnly $839.00 at Angara.com
no photo0.35 ctw 14K White Gold Round Aquamarine Fashion Eternity Stackables Wedding Band Width (4 mm)
$839.00
Angara.com
Sterling Silver Ring with Amethyst & Aquamarine - Remember Forever Ring
Two gems wrapped in a knot to remember this moment forever.Only $155.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Ring with Amethyst & Aquamarine - Remember Forever Ring
$155.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Necklace - Skylight Heart Gem Pendant
Like a star lighting the night sky, a single gem illuminates this 10mm heart pendant. Call 1-800-436-8803 to engrave an initial, date, or special message.Only $130.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Aquamarine Sterling Silver Necklace - Skylight Heart Gem Pendant
$130.00
Gemvara
Solitaire Aquamarine Stud Earrings
Solitaire Aquamarine Stud EarringsOnly $159.00 at Angara.com
no photoSolitaire Aquamarine Stud Earrings
$159.00
Angara.com
Tanzanite & Aquamarine Flower Ring
Look closely at this timeless design and see how each round-cut gemstone is perfectly set to intensify its brilliance. To further highlight the light-capturing quality of these glorious gems, eight genuine diamonds are set into the sparkling...Only $149.00 at Danbury Mint
no photoTanzanite & Aquamarine Flower Ring
$149.00
Danbury Mint
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Ring with White Sapphire & Tanzanite - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Aquamarine Sterling Silver Ring with White Sapphire & Tanzanite - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Aquamarine - Double Knots Ring
This gorgeous, contemporary setting forms a pair of knots, each enclosing a stunning, 3mm, prong-set stone. It's carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $180.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Aquamarine - Double Knots Ring
$180.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Ring - Birds of a Feather Ring
This lovely sensuous feather ring can be worn with the gem in front or in back, depending on your mood.Only $185.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Aquamarine Sterling Silver Ring - Birds of a Feather Ring
$185.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Necklace with Aquamarine - Carried in My Heart
The heart shape of this pendan cradles two gemstones, just as you carry those you love in your heart.Only $175.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Necklace with Aquamarine - Carried in My Heart
$175.00
Gemvara
Sphere Tahitian Cultured Pearl 14K Rose Gold Ring with Aquamarine - Flowering Pearl Ring
A round lustrous cultured pearl encircled by 10 brilliant pave-set gems. Symbolizing integrity, personal transformation and individuality, pearls are believed to lift a woman's spirits and make her feel beautiful and confident.Only $720.00 at Gemvara
no photoSphere Tahitian Cultured Pearl 14K Rose Gold Ring with Aquamarine - Flowering Pearl Ring
$720.00
Gemvara
2.50ct t.w. Aquamarine, Diamond Halo Stud Earrings in Silver
Shimmering serenity. These stud earrings host 2.50 ct. t.w. of round aquamarines haloed with .15 ct. t.w. diamonds. Post/clutch, sterling silver earrings. Aquamarine birthstones are the perfect gift for March birthdays.Only $206.50 at Ross-Simons
no photo2.50ct t.w. Aquamarine, Diamond Halo Stud Earrings in Silver
$206.50
Ross-Simons
12-14mm Cultured Baroque Pearl, Milky Aquamarine Double Chain Earrings
These earrings have a free-form sway with double chain drops. Pretty milky aquamarine beads are paired with 12-14mm cultured freshwater baroque pearls. Post/clutch, 14kt yellow gold earrings. Aquamarine birthstones are the perfect gift for March...Only $110.00 at Ross-Simons
no photo12-14mm Cultured Baroque Pearl, Milky Aquamarine Double Chain Earrings
$110.00
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 $140.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoAquamarine, Morganite Torsade Necklace, Silver. 17"
$140.00
Ross-Simons
Round Rhodolite Garnet Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Aquamarine - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rhodolite Garnet Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Aquamarine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Solitaire Aquamarine Stud Earrings
Solitaire Aquamarine Stud EarringsOnly $159.00 at Angara.com
no photoSolitaire Aquamarine Stud Earrings
$159.00
Angara.com
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