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AQUAMARINE, the blue variety of beryl

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
"14k Yellow Gold 12mm Wide Men's Square Synthetic Aquamarine Center Stone Ring"
"14K Gold Men's Square Synthetic Aquamarine Center Stone ring; measures approximately 12mm wide. MADE IN USA"Only $365.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Yellow Gold 12mm Wide Men's Square Synthetic Aquamarine Center Stone Ring"
$365.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Sterling Silver Aquamarine Ring Jewelry
This Ring was handmade by a master artisan and is one of a kind.Only $107.24 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Aquamarine Ring Jewelry
$107.24
JeGem.com
Ross-Simons 2.40ct t.w. Aquamarine, .32ct t.w. Diamond Earrings in 14kt White Gold
Step into an icy oasis with these 2.40 ct. t.w. aquamarine and .32 ct. t.w. diamond earrings. Oval aquamarines shimmer in frames of sparkling diamond rounds. Post/clutch, 14kt white gold earrings. Aquamarine birthstones are the perfect gift for March...Only $896.25 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 2.40ct t.w. Aquamarine, .32ct t.w. Diamond Earrings in 14kt White Gold
$896.25
Ross-Simons
Ross-Simons 1.20ct Aquamarine, .15ct t.w. Diamond Pendant Necklace. 16"
This pendant necklace captures the tranquil beauty of the sky and the sea, with a 1.20 carat round aquamarine and .15 ct. t.w. of round brilliant-cut diamonds. Suspends from a rope chain with a springring clasp. 14kt white gold pendant necklace....Only $521.25 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 1.20ct Aquamarine, .15ct t.w. Diamond Pendant Necklace. 16"
$521.25
Ross-Simons
Ross-Simons .95 Carat Aquamarine and .25 ct. t.w. Diamond Ring in Sterling Silver
A charming .95 carat aquamarine beautifully showcased with .25 ct. t.w. glistening diamond rounds is as timeless as it is elegant. Polished sterling silver ring. Aquamarine birthstones are the perfect gift for March birthdays.Only $350.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons .95 Carat Aquamarine and .25 ct. t.w. Diamond Ring in Sterling Silver
$350.00
Ross-Simons
0.82ct Aquamarine Stud Earrings March Birthstone 14k Yellow Gold
In each earring, a 0.82ct genuine natural round Aquamarine is beautifully set in a prong setting. Also available wit other gemstones and in other sizes.Only $135.00 at Allurez.com
no photo0.82ct Aquamarine Stud Earrings March Birthstone 14k Yellow Gold
$135.00
Allurez.com
Sterling Silver Aquamarine Cross Pendant Jewelry
This Pendant was handmade by a master artisan and is one of a kind.Only $175.49 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Aquamarine Cross Pendant Jewelry
$175.49
JeGem.com
Sterling Silver Aquamarine Ring Jewelry
This Ring was handmade by a master artisan and is one of a kind.Only $90.74 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Aquamarine Ring Jewelry
$90.74
JeGem.com
Ross-Simons 1.10 Carat Aquamarine Solitaire Necklace in 14kt White Gold. 16"
This necklace brings a soft, tranquil shine to the neckline with a prong-set 1.10 carat oval aquamarine solitaire. Suspends from a rope chain with a springring clasp. 14kt white gold necklace. Aquamarine birthstones are the perfect gift for March...Only $337.50 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 1.10 Carat Aquamarine Solitaire Necklace in 14kt White Gold. 16"
$337.50
Ross-Simons
"14k Yellow Gold 13mm Wide Men's Square Synthetic Aquamarine Center Stone Ring"
"14K Gold Men's Square Synthetic Aquamarine Center Stone ring; measures approximately 13mm wide. MADE IN USA"Only $373.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"14k Yellow Gold 13mm Wide Men's Square Synthetic Aquamarine Center Stone Ring"
$373.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Five Stone Aquamarine Ring 14k Yellow Gold (1.60ctw)
This elegant aquamarine 5 stone ring for ladies displays 5 aquamarine stones gracefully set in a vibrant 14kt yellow gold shared-prong setting. Also available in other carat weights. This designer ring showcasing the March birthstone would be the...Only $530.00 at Allurez.com
no photoFive Stone Aquamarine Ring 14k Yellow Gold (1.60ctw)
$530.00
Allurez.com
Sterling Silver Aquamarine Pendant Jewelry
This Pendant was handmade by a master artisan and is one of a kind.Only $121.49 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Aquamarine Pendant Jewelry
$121.49
JeGem.com
Diamond & Aquamarine Eternity Ring Guard Band 14K Yellow Gold (0.51ct)
14 round light blue genuine aquamarines and 13 brilliant-cut white round diamonds are circling all the way around this gorgeous thin eternity colored gemstone band. The stones are elegantly set in a vibrant 14kt yellow gold prong setting. This March...Only $659.00 at Allurez.com
no photoDiamond & Aquamarine Eternity Ring Guard Band 14K Yellow Gold (0.51ct)
$659.00
Allurez.com
Ross-Simons 1.60 Carat Aquamarine Ring With Multi-Stone in Sterling Silver. Size 7
In praise of glorious shades of blue, this breathtaking 1.60 carat aquamarine ring absolutely dazzles! Highlighted with .10 ct. t.w. of sapphire rounds for stunning contrast and diamond accents for added sparkle. Sterling silver ring. Aquamarine...Only $150.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons 1.60 Carat Aquamarine Ring With Multi-Stone in Sterling Silver. Size 7
$150.00
Ross-Simons
Ross-Simons Oval Milky Aquamarine Drop Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
These pretty milky aquamarine drop earrings feature gracefully swaying faceted blue ovals. Earwire, 14kt yellow gold earrings. Aquamarine birthstones are the perfect gift for March birthdays.Only $187.50 at Ross-Simons
no photoRoss-Simons Oval Milky Aquamarine Drop Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
$187.50
Ross-Simons

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