Semi-Precious Gemstones and Minerals – Aquamarine – 7.5-8.0

Information- Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl Group. The colors range from pale blue to sky blue with the most prized color in the 19th century being a deep-blue aqua color. Today the most prized colors are sky blue or dark blue.
History- Aquamarine is derived from the Latin words of aqua (water) and mare (sea). Ancient pendants have been carved in the image of Poseidon or Neptune the gods of the sea.
Location- The best gem quality aquamarine is found in Russia, USA, and Brazil but has also been mined in South America, The Middle East and Asia, Russia and has recently been exploited in Nigeria.
Folklore-Legend has it that aquamarine comes from the treasure chests of mermaids and was worn by sailors as a good luck charm, to prevent seasickness, and to protect against shipwrecks. Metaphysically, Aquamarine is said to have curative abilities, soothes, calms, and alleviate fears.
Care- Aquamarine is a relatively hard gemstone therefore it is quite durable. It is sensitive to heat and should be protected from excess sun which could pale it’s color, however heating at extremely high temperatures enhances and deepens the color and clarity of the stone. The best stones of course are the ones that have the natural color of the deep blue sea. Aquamarine is brittle and sensitive to pressure. Care should be taken in cleaning. Use a soft damp cloth to buff and polish your lovely stones.

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