Aquamarine – March’s birthstone

14 karat white gold aquamarine ring with a halo of diamonds

14 karat white gold aquamarine ring with a halo of diamonds

The March birthstone is Aquamarine

Aquamarine, or “aqua”, is a light greenish blue gemstone named after “seawater” in Latin. When worn, it is said to keep sailors safe and “calm the waves” at sea. Aquamarine is also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages. Traditionally, it is given as a 19th wedding anniversary gift.

Aquamarine is a beryl so it is in the same mineral family as emeralds. It is mined in high elevations. The largest gem-quality aqua crystal mined was 19 inches in length and it was found in Marambaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1910.

Mineral: beryl
Chemistry: Be3Al2Si6O18
Color: greenish blue, light in tone
Refractive index: 1.577 to 1.583
Birefrfringence: 0.005 to 0.009
Specific Gravity: 2.72
Mohs Hardness: 7.5 to 8.0

Facts: Gemological Institute of America, gia.edu
Photo Credit: Stuller

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