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
1.40 TCW Emerald-Cut Aquamarine Ring in 10k White Gold
Integrate color into your look. Hi-styled emerald-cut aquamarine ring radiates with the feminine appeal of delicate color and 1.40 carats of gemstone luxury set in elegant 10k white gold. Sizes 5-10.Only $237.49 at PalmBeachJewelry
no photo1.40 TCW Emerald-Cut Aquamarine Ring in 10k White Gold
$237.49
PalmBeachJewelry
Genuine Aquamarine & Diamond-Accent Bracelet, Womens
Alluring and delicate, this genuine aquamarine and diamond-accent bracelet is crafted in brightly polished sterling silver. Metal: Sterling silverStone: Genuine aquamarineOther Stones: Diamond accentsSetting: ProngClosure: Lobster claspLength: 7...Only $124.98 at jcpenney
no photoGenuine Aquamarine & Diamond-Accent Bracelet, Womens
$124.98
jcpenney
8mm Faceted Aquamarine Beaded Bracelet with Mini Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Disc Charm (Made to Order) - Sydney Evan
Sydney Evan8mm Faceted Aquamarine Beaded Bracelet with Mini Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Disc Charm (Made to Order)DetailsFaceted aquamarine rondelle beads, 8mm.Approx. 2in interior diameter.Stretch cord; slip-on style.14-karat yellow gold disc charm with...Only $730.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photo8mm Faceted Aquamarine Beaded Bracelet with Mini Yellow Gold Pave Diamond Disc Charm (Made to Order) - Sydney Evan
$730.00
Neiman Marcus
8mm Faceted Aquamarine Beaded Bracelet with Mini Rose Gold Pave Diamond Disc Charm (Made to Order) - Sydney Evan
Sydney Evan8mm Faceted Aquamarine Beaded Bracelet with Mini Rose Gold Pave Diamond Disc Charm (Made to Order)DetailsFaceted aquamarine rondelle beads, 8mm.Approx. 2in interior diameter.Stretch cord; slip-on style.14-karat rose gold disc charm with pave...Only $730.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photo8mm Faceted Aquamarine Beaded Bracelet with Mini Rose Gold Pave Diamond Disc Charm (Made to Order) - Sydney Evan
$730.00
Neiman Marcus
Sterling Silver Aquamarine Heart Bracelet
Handmade by Master Artisan. See more details at JeGem.com.Only $108.74 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver Aquamarine Heart Bracelet
$108.74
JeGem.com
8-17mm Milky Aquamarine Bead Necklace With Sterling Silver
This faceted and graduated milky aquamarine bead necklace brings a breezy beauty to any look. Graduates from 8-17mm. Necklace finishes with a sterling silver lobster clasp and 2" extender. Aquamarine birthstones are the perfect gift for March birthdays.Only $95.00 at Ross-Simons
no photo8-17mm Milky Aquamarine Bead Necklace With Sterling Silver
$95.00
Ross-Simons
Round Amethyst Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired 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 Amethyst Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet & Aquamarine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Necklace with Aquamarine & Emerald - Heart's Hug Pendant
These hearts hold a smaller one, studded with gems, celebrating love of all kinds.Only $185.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Aquamarine Sterling Silver Necklace with Aquamarine & Emerald - Heart's Hug Pendant
$185.00
Gemvara
Aquamarine Cabochon Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
Convey a look filled with timeless appeal when you wear these oval cabochon aquamarine earrings. With a sense of minimalist style, they are the essence of fashionable elegance. Post/clutch, 14kt yellow gold earrings. Aquamarine birthstones are the...Only $281.25 at Ross-Simons
no photoAquamarine Cabochon Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
$281.25
Ross-Simons
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Rock Crystal & 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 $200.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Rock Crystal & Tanzanite - Venus Band
$200.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Emerald & 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 $220.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Emerald & Aquamarine - Venus Band
$220.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Diamond & White 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 $220.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Diamond & White Sapphire - Venus Band
$220.00
Gemvara
8mm Faceted Aquamarine Beaded Bracelet with Mini White Gold Pave Diamond Disc Charm (Made to Order) - Sydney Evan
Sydney Evan8mm Faceted Aquamarine Beaded Bracelet with Mini White Gold Pave Diamond Disc Charm (Made to Order)DetailsFaceted aquamarine rondelle beads, 8mm.Approx. 2in interior diameter.Stretch cord; slip-on style.14-karat white gold disc charm with...Only $730.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photo8mm Faceted Aquamarine Beaded Bracelet with Mini White Gold Pave Diamond Disc Charm (Made to Order) - Sydney Evan
$730.00
Neiman Marcus
Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Amethyst & Aquamarine - 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 Amethyst & Aquamarine - Two Hearts Ring
$220.00
Gemvara
Round Aquamarine Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Aquamarine & Citrine - 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 Aquamarine & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
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