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An Introduction

Evoking the purity of crystalline water, Aquamarine is the symbol of the ocean’s serenity and exhilaration.

The term Aquamarines has been attained from a Latin phrase which denotes “water of the sea” and refers to its iridescent ocean-like color. In the ancient era, Aquamarine gemstones were believed to be the mermaids’ treasure and were used by sailors as an amulet of strength, luck, and protection. Being a stone of equilibrium, it is practiced for revelation, meditation, healing, prophets, and mystics. This gemstone comes from a Beryl family which also includes Emerald, Heliodor, and Morganite. Common color types of Aquamarine ranges from blue, light blue, to bluish-green and other light shades.

Key Facts

What distinguishes Aquamarine from the other gemstones is its wide-ranging varieties. While mineral collectors have a large specimen of aquamarine, smaller pieces are used by jewelers. The largest aquamarine is known as Hirsch Aquamarine.

Mineral Family- Beryl

Composition– Be3Al2Si6O18

Refractive Index– 1.567-1.583

Hardness- 7.5–8

Other Deposits- Brazil, Madagascar, United States of America, Nigeria, Zambia, China, India, Sri Lanka

Color– Blue to Lighter Shades of Blue and Blue-Green. Also can be found to be an opaque Green color as well known as Milky Aquamarine

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