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 Aquamarine Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Amethyst - 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 Aquamarine Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Amethyst - Written in the Stars Ring
$220.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Necklace with Aquamarine - Love Letters 'R' Pendant With Gem
You choose the lowercase letter below and the meaning behind it. Artisans handcraft the precious metal of your choice in a single flowing line, and accent the design with your favorite gem. The chain threads directly through the letter.Only $135.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Necklace with Aquamarine - Love Letters 'R' Pendant With Gem
$135.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Emerald & 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 $215.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Emerald & Rhodolite Garnet - Venus Band
$215.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with London Blue Topaz & 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 Vintage-Inspired Ring with London Blue Topaz & Tanzanite - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Amethyst Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Aquamarine & Ruby - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Amethyst Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Aquamarine & Ruby - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine 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 Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Amethyst & Aquamarine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Pink Sapphire & Amethyst - 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 Aquamarine Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Pink Sapphire & Amethyst - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$190.00
Gemvara
Round Iolite Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Aquamarine & London Blue Topaz - 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 Iolite Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Aquamarine & London Blue Topaz - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$185.00
Gemvara
Aquamarine, Morganite and Beryl Bead Necklace With 14kt Yellow Gold
In shapes that recall large, smooth river stones, the opaque gems on this necklace display intriguing natural character variations - no two are exactly alike. 14kt yellow gold spacers and fishhook clasp.Only $175.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoAquamarine, Morganite and Beryl Bead Necklace With 14kt Yellow Gold
$175.00
Ross-Simons
Round Amethyst Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Citrine & 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 Amethyst Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Citrine & Aquamarine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Aquamarine & Citrine - Two Hearts Ring
Two hearts meet in one simply perfect ring style. Create this style in your birthstones to add extra meaning.Only $220.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Promise Ring with Aquamarine & Citrine - Two Hearts Ring
$220.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Promise Ring with White Sapphire - 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 Aquamarine Sterling Silver Promise Ring with White Sapphire - Written in the Stars Ring
$220.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Ring with Aquamarine - Fizzy Stack Ring
Sparkling gemstones and bubbly discs punctuate this irresistible stackable ring that you'll want to wear with all of the other rings you own.Only $215.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Ring with Aquamarine - Fizzy Stack Ring
$215.00
Gemvara
Round Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Ruby & 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 $215.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Ruby & Aquamarine - Venus Band
$215.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Tanzanite & Sapphire - 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 Tanzanite & Sapphire - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
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