Aquamarine Gems

Aquamarine Gemstone Education – Facts, History & Description of Aquamarine Gemstones

Aquamarine gemstones, with their signature light pastel greenish blue color that we all love, are the green blue variety of the mineral Beryl. Emerald, Morganite and the gemstone Beryl are all different colored varieties of the same mineral. The most valuable Aquamarine gemstones have a more intense, pure blue color. Most Aquamarine gemstones undergo a heat treatment to give the color a more bluish appearance, and Aquamarine crystals are often found in large sizes with little inclusions. Since faceted aquamarine gemstones are exceptionally transparent, the gem has a very special sparkle and luster. Recognized as the traditional birthstone for the month of March, the name Aquamarine comes from a composite of two Latin words: “aqua” which means water, and “marina” which means “of the sea”, and this etymology obviously reflects the water like appearance of the blue of Aquamarine gemstones. Historically, Aquamarine gemstones have been fabled to make the wearer smarter and more intellectual, it is said to protect from foes in court or battle, and it is also supposed to be a charm to make someone amiable and unconquerable. Another fun fact about Aquamarine gemstones is that the largest Aquamarine gemstone every found weighed 244 pounds; it was found in 1910 in Brazil and measured 19 inches in length and 15 inches in diameter. These beautiful blue gemstones are absolutely stunning in Jewelry and we invite you to check out our entire collection of top quality loose Aquamarine genuine gems.

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