Aquamarine- rough and cut. Photo credit to GIA.edu
Faceted Aquamarine. Photo credit to GIA.edu
Pale Aquamarine (color usually seen in smaller gemstones). Photo credit to GIA.edu
An Aquamarine that is NOT Eye Clean. Photo credit to GIA.edu
Trend: Sliced Aquamarine. Photo credit to GIA.edu
Born in the lion/lamb month? Like gorgeous sky blues? Aquamarine may be the gem for you! Learn more below: Fun Facts: Aquamarine got its name from seawater; legends have said that it was thought to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. The largest gem-quality crystal mined so far is 19 inches long- that's 1 foot and 7 inches and weighs 110kg. Aquamarine is the same mineral as emerald- just a slightly different chemical composition; the general mineral is called Beryl. Aquamarine is also the gem of the 19th wedding anniversary. Localitites: Crystals of Aquamarine can be found in Brazil, Nigeria, Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Mohs: 7.5 to 8.0 Color: Aquamarine is pastel blue, greenish blue, or green-blue. The preferred hues are a dark blue to slightly greenish blue with moderate intesity and is shown best in gems over 5 carats. The best stones show this blue color with no zoning. Shape: While gems can be found in a variety of shapes, the two most common are the step-cut emerald and the brilliant cut oval. Aquamarine is also known to be popular for fantasy, one-of-a-kind designer cuts due to it's clarity and rich color. Clarity: Many buyers expect Aquamarines to be eye-clean, no visible inclusions with the naked eye. However, there is a trend today to use less transparent, included stones as unique centerpieces, polished slices or nuggets in necklaces. Size: Aquamarine is available in a variety of sizes, however, as we mentioned before the gems above 5 carats tend to have better color; those under 5 carats are usually paler. Other Notes: If you like Aquamarine with a little more green in its color, then you can usually get them for less than those with a pure blue hue. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it very well might be; fine Aquamarine with good color and of substantial size is rare, so the price tends to be higher. Buyer beware.
Greener Hue of Aquamarine. Photo credit to GIA.edu