Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family of minersals. It derives its name from the Latin origin of Aqua meaning water and marina meaning sea. It was often believed to be the lucky stone that gave protection to sailors during long journeys.
The largest producer of the gem is Brazil, with mining also occurring in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
This gemstone’s name is akin to its color which ranges from blue to green blue; some have a hint of green while others are a pastel or dramatic blue hue. Vivid color characterises large aquamarine crystals and smaller gems are more watery or pale. Traces of divalent iron blended into its crystal structure give it a unique blue color. The purer and more intense the blue color is deemed more valuable among this gemstone.
The aquamarines which are faceted do not have visible inclusions. But liquid inclusions may be found in the crystals of this gemstone. The final aquamarine gemstone is not absolutely clear or free of all inclusions.
Emerald cuts, round and oval shapes are often used for the aquamarine stone as they can be cut into many different shapes. Well cut stones are quite common as the rough aquamarine stone is plentiful. It has become a popular gemstone due to its unique hardness and transparency. Aquamarine is also used for ornamental objects and fantasy cuts.
Aquamarine crystals can be very large, making the stone suitable for large cut gems and carvings.
Aquamarines are commonly heated to remove the green tone from the rough stone so that a more vibrant blue toned stone can be produced. We believe in full disclosure of any treatment that a stone has undergone.