Aquamarine
 
March Birthstone (synthetic).  19th Anniversary Gemstone.
 
From the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea, Aquamarines shine over an extraordinarily beautiful range of mainly light green-blue to light blue colors.   Aquamarine is loved the world over for its fine blue shades which can complement almost any skin or eye color.
 
Its name is derived from the Latin 'aqua' (water) and 'mare' (sea).   Aquamarines are at their best advantage when placed in water which is bathed in sunlight.   It was historically considered good for married women to wear an Aquamarine, promising a happy marriage, joy and wealth.   The Aquamarines light blue tones are said to arouse feelings of sympathy, trust, harmony and friendship.   The blue of the Aquamarine is a reflection of the sky and ocean.   Sailors considered the Aquamarine to be lucky, believing it originated in the treasure chest of fabulous mermaids.
 
Aquamarine is almost as popular as the classic gemstones: Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald.   In fact, the Aquamarine and Emerald are both part of the Beryl family of gemstones.   The color of Aquamarine, however, is usually more even than that of the Emerald.   Aquamarines tend to be free of inclusions, have a high shine and have a 7.5 - 8 hardness rating (7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale).   Aquamarine gets its color from iron, having a color range between an almost indiscernible pale blue to a strong sea-blue.   The more intense the color of an Aquamarine, the more value is put on it.   It is not uncommon for Aquamarines to have a light greenish shimmer.
 
 
'Santa Maria' Sets Pulses Racing
 
The bright blue of this noble Beryl is making more and more friends.   The various color nuances of an Aquamarine have been given melodious names: the rare intense blue Aquamarines from the Santa Maria de Itabira mine in Brazil are called 'Santa Maria'; the Aquamarines from Aftrica have been given the name 'Santa Maria Africana'; the less intense blue Aquamarines from Brazil are known as 'Espirito Santo'; and another 'Martha Rocha', after a 1954 A.D. Brazilian beauty queen.
 
Most of the raw Aquamarine crystals come from the gemstone mines in Brazil even, now and then, large Aquamarine crystals of immaculate transparency and magnificent color, such as the crystal of 110.5 Kg found in 1910 A.D. in Marambaia/Minas Gerais, or the 'Dom Pedro' which weighs 26 Kg cut in Idar-Oberstein in 1992 A.D. (the largest Aquamarine ever cut) by the gemstone designer Bernd Munsteiner. Aquamarines are also found in Nigeria, Zambia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
 
 
Favorite Stone of Modern Designers
 
Aquamarines are one of the most creatively cut gemstones in modern jewelry.   Whether cut into a modern design or uncut, even with inclusions, designers have produced the most beautiful creations with the Aquamarine.   Designers call the Aquamarine their favorite gemstone.   Without doubt, the creative designer cuts have contributed to the great popularity of this gem.   The lucid color of aquamarine makes it easy to see inclusions.   Charming effects can sometimes be achieved in the way the Aquamarine is cut by bringing the inclusions into the design.   The even distribution of color in the Aquamarine leaves the gemstone designer free to bring out the brilliance of the gem with fine grooves, notches, curves and edges.   In this way, each Aquamarine becomes a unique specimen.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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