Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family, which also includes emerald, morganite and yellow beryl, but unlike, its close relation, the emerald, good quality aquamarine is often found free of inclusions. The word ‘aquamarine’ is derived from the Latin word for sea-water because the colours can range from shades of green-blue to blue; legend states that Aquamarine is the treasure of mermaids, with the power to keep sailors safe at sea.
It is 7.5 on the Mohs’ scale of hardness. Its good hardness makes it quite robust and protects it generally from getting scratched. It is sufficiently hard enough and certainly beautiful enough to set as a centre stone in any piece of jewellery. Aquamarine is a stone for daytime fun or an evening out.
The hue and clarity of a fine aquamarine can be described as cool, tranquil and serene; colour is graded on its hue, tone, and saturation – hue for whether it is a warm or cool shade, tone for how light or dark the colour is, and colour saturation for the quality of brightness or vividness.
Although some aquamarine gemstones can be easily confused with blue topaz, aquamarine is much more rare and valuable. The prices, uses and value of Aquamarine can differ greatly, depending on the size and quality of the individual gemstone.
Aquamarine of gem quality material is found in Kenya, Zambia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Madagascar but the finest qualities are found in Brazil.
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