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 Peridot Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Aquamarine & Amethyst - 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 Peridot Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Aquamarine & Amethyst - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round White Sapphire Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Aquamarine - Written in the Stars Ring
Two glittering gemstones and numerous star etchings rest atop the hollowed upper band of this gleaming ring, designed for the stargazers among us.Only $220.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound White Sapphire Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Aquamarine - Written in the Stars Ring
$220.00
Gemvara
8mm Faceted Aquamarine Beaded Bracelet with 14k Gold/Diamond Small Elephant Charm (Made to Order) - Sydney Evan
Sydney Evan8mm Faceted Aquamarine Beaded Bracelet with 14k Gold/Diamond Small Elephant Charm (Made to Order)DetailsFaceted aquamarine rondelle beads, 8mm.Approx. 2in interior diameter.Stretch cord; slip-on style.14-karat yellow gold elephant charm with...Only $820.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photo8mm Faceted Aquamarine Beaded Bracelet with 14k Gold/Diamond Small Elephant Charm (Made to Order) - Sydney Evan
$820.00
Neiman Marcus
Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Aquamarine & Pink Tourmaline - 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 $190.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Promise Ring with Aquamarine & Pink Tourmaline - Double Knots Ring
$190.00
Gemvara
Round Tanzanite Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with London Blue Topaz & Aquamarine - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $190.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Tanzanite Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with London Blue Topaz & Aquamarine - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$190.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Diamond & Ruby - 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 $225.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Diamond & Ruby - Venus Band
$225.00
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
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with London Blue Topaz & Emerald - 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 $220.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with London Blue Topaz & Emerald - Venus Band
$220.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Earrings - Knotted Vines Earrings
A contemporary setting has the feel of trailing vines enclosing a stunning, round-cut center stone. Each is handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $410.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Aquamarine Sterling Silver Earrings - Knotted Vines Earrings
$410.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Necklace with Aquamarine - Bass Clef Necklace
The lovely lines of the bass clef come to life to celebrate the joy that music brings to our lives. Dotted with the gem of your choosing to make it even more unique.Only $140.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Necklace with Aquamarine - Bass Clef Necklace
$140.00
Gemvara
Round Red Garnet Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Amethyst & 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 Red Garnet Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Amethyst & Aquamarine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Iolite & 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 Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Iolite & Aquamarine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Amethyst & 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 Promise Ring with Amethyst & Aquamarine - Double Knots Ring
$180.00
Gemvara
Round Ruby Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Aquamarine & Rhodolite Garnet - 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 $210.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Ruby Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Aquamarine & Rhodolite Garnet - Venus Band
$210.00
Gemvara
Aquamarine, 5-6mm Cultured Pearl Torsade Necklace, Silver. 18"
The combination of soft blue and white is always right. This torsade necklace twists 300.00 ct. t.w. of aquamarine beads with 5-6mm cultured freshwater pearls. Necklace finishes with a sterling silver lobster clasp and 3" extender. Aquamarine...Only $59.95 at Ross-Simons
no photoAquamarine, 5-6mm Cultured Pearl Torsade Necklace, Silver. 18"
$59.95
Ross-Simons
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