Aquamarine is the named variety of the mineral beryl that occurs when trace amounts of iron impurities are present in the beryl crystal structure. Depending of the oxidation state of these iron impurities, the color of natural aquamarine can range from lighter hues of yellow to greenish to blue!
Most aquamarine crystals form in granitic pegmatites where less common elements like berylium can concentrate from crystalizing magmas.
Transparent aquamarine crystals are very rare, and their size is typically measured in inches.
Opaque to translucent aquamarine specimens tend to form in larger sizes which make great decorator mineral specimens!
Faceted aquamarine gemstones are sawn, ground and polished from clear areas in transparent aquamarine crystals.
Skilled artisans then set these beautiful aquamarine gemstones into handcrafted aquamarine jewelry designs in sterling silver and 14k gold.
The word aquamarine is of Latin origin meaning "sea water" in allusion to its color. Traditionally, aquamarine was used as a charm by sailors for protection while at sea. Aquamarine also was believed to preserve and enhance a good marriage, and to ensure prosperous business dealings. Today, aquamarine is very popular as the March birthstone.
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