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AQUAMARINE: Aquamarine is the green-blue to blue variety of the mineral beryl. Emerald is the green to bluish green variety of the same mineral. Sea green was the preferred colour for aquamarine in the 19th century but today the most highly prized colours are sky blue and dark blue.
Coloured gemstones such as aquamarine are often step cut featuring rectangular shaped facets neatly arranged, one on top of the other. This makes the most of the stones colour.
Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater and it was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. This gem stone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages.
It is found in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Russia with some of the best gem-quality stones coming from Brazil.
Mohs’ Scale Hardness: 7.5
Birthstone Month: March