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Aquamarine

Question: What is an aquamarine gemstone?

Answer: An aquamarine is a light blue to dark blue to blue green mineral gemstone in the beryl family, along with emeralds, that is transparent to opaque with it's own distinctive cleavage.

Question: Why is it called aquamarine?

Answer: It is called aquamarine, from the Latin phrase, "aqua marina or water of the sea," because of it's seawater color that is derived from varying amounts of iron ore.

Question: Is aquamarine a birthstone and if so, for what month?

Answer: Aquamarine, signifying hope, courage, and good health, is the present day birthstone for the month of March. Note: Bloodstone is also recognized as a birthstone for the month of March.

Question: Does aquamarine make fine quality jewelry?

Answer: Aquamarine is at it's most beautiful when adorned on gold, silver, and platinum rings, bracelets, ear rings, brooches, necklaces, and other jewelry pieces.


Question: Is aquamarine a wearable jewelry?

Answer: Aquamarine must be handled with care by cutters and handlers when making jewelry because of it's sensitive brittle nature, but it is very wearable.

Question: Of the different green, blue, blue green colors, which are the most valuable?

Answer: The deepest blue is considered to be the most desirable of aquamarine, thus making it the most valuable of all the cuts and grades.

Question: Where are aquamarine gemstones found?

Answer: Several countries produce large quantities of aquamarine including the USSR, India, Nigeria, Madagascar, and Pakistan. But the country of Brazil is said to produce the finest, most brilliant gem quality cuts of aquamarine.

 

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