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
Round Amethyst Sterling Silver Necklace with Aquamarine & Ruby - Anytime Heart Pendant
This pretty little heart pendant is perfect for any and every occasion.Only $175.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Amethyst Sterling Silver Necklace with Aquamarine & Ruby - Anytime Heart Pendant
$175.00
Gemvara
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
.80ct t.w. Oval Aquamarine Stud Earrings, Diamond Accents in Silver
These tranquil .80 ct. t.w. oval aquamarine stud earrings are classically styled with diamond accent frames and openwork swirl settings. Makes the perfect gift for yourself or someone you love. Post/clutch, sterling silver earrings. Aquamarine...Only $66.50 at Ross-Simons
no photo.80ct t.w. Oval Aquamarine Stud Earrings, Diamond Accents in Silver
$66.50
Ross-Simons
Round Iolite 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 Iolite Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Aquamarine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Bracelet with Aquamarine - Gemstones By The Yard Star Of David Bracelet
A layerable essential, handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals, featuring a Star of David in pave-set gemstones. Adjustable 7-7.5 chain."Only $295.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Bracelet with Aquamarine - Gemstones By The Yard Star Of David Bracelet
$295.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Necklace with Aquamarine - Treble Clef Pendant
This graceful pendant with a sparkling gemstone celebrates the joy that music brings to our lives.Only $150.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Necklace with Aquamarine - Treble Clef Pendant
$150.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Necklace - Delicate Star Pendant
This precious pendant holds a 3.5mm, round-cut stone and is carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $160.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Aquamarine Sterling Silver Necklace - Delicate Star Pendant
$160.00
Gemvara
Round Rock Crystal Sterling Silver Ring with Aquamarine & Sapphire - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $195.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rock Crystal Sterling Silver Ring with Aquamarine & Sapphire - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$195.00
Gemvara
0.9 ctw 14K White Gold Round Aquamarine Five Stone Wedding Band
On her birthday, surprise your March-born girl with a ring that is just her style! This classic five stone ring holds finely faceted round aquamarines studded in your choice of silver, gold or platinum. A birthday or wedding anniversary present, this...Only $589.00 at Angara.com
no photo0.9 ctw 14K White Gold Round Aquamarine Five Stone Wedding Band
$589.00
Angara.com
Round Amethyst Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Aquamarine - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $185.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Amethyst Sterling Silver Ring with Red Garnet & Aquamarine - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$185.00
Gemvara
Round Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with White Sapphire & Aquamarine - Megan Ring
From every angle, this ring has elegant embellishment, with engraved patterns and gemstones set on the sides to delight the eye. Every detail has been carefully crafted. The band has an angled profile to keep the ring from rolling as you wear it.Only $425.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Rose Quartz Sterling Silver Ring with White Sapphire & Aquamarine - Megan Ring
$425.00
Gemvara
Customize Curved Shank Ring With Peridot Citrine Aquamarine in 14k Yellow Gold Mother Rings
Customize Curved Shank Ring With Peridot Citrine Aquamarine in 14k Yellow Gold Mother RingsOnly $519.99 at Angara.com
no photoCustomize Curved Shank Ring With Peridot Citrine Aquamarine in 14k Yellow Gold Mother Rings
$519.99
Angara.com
Szul Pear Cut Gemstone Stud Earrings GEA007 Stone: Aquamarine
Stone: Aquamarine Szul Pear Cut Gemstone Stud Earrings A lovely pair of all natural stud earrings set in sleek .925 sterling silver. Gemstones measure 7 x 5mmeach and are hand set in durable push back settings crafted in solid .925 sterling silver. The...Only $105.32 at Wayfair
no photoSzul Pear Cut Gemstone Stud Earrings GEA007 Stone: Aquamarine
$105.32
Wayfair
Sterling Silver Ring with Citrine & 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 Citrine & Aquamarine - Remember Forever Ring
$155.00
Gemvara
2.95ct t.w. Blue Aquamarine Stud Earrings, .10ct t.w. Diamonds in Gold
Dreamy and romantic, these irresistible 2.95 ct. t.w. citrine stud earrings with .10 ct. t.w. of diamonds will glam up even a trip to the local grocery store! Post/clutch, 14kt white gold earrings. Aquamarine birthstones are the perfect gift for March...Only $346.50 at Ross-Simons
no photo2.95ct t.w. Blue Aquamarine Stud Earrings, .10ct t.w. Diamonds in Gold
$346.50
Ross-Simons
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