Aquamarine gemstones: A Beautiful Blue Gem For March
The Aquamarine gemstone is a beautiful blue-green color or aqua variety of the Beryl mineral. It is also March’s Birthstone and mostly recognized as a Zodiac Stone for the Scorpio Constellation. Aquamarine is mentioned in the Bible as Beryl. The Aquamarine is associated with honesty, happiness, beauty, and loyalty.
Gemstones in other color varieties of the mineral Beryl include Morganite, Emerald, and Heliodor.
Aquamarine is a fine gemstone that has durability and hardness. It has a light blue or aqua color making it a nice choice for a subtle birthday jewelry piece when coordinating a pastel or light toned outfit. The delicate blue color, also classed as blue topaz jewelry, is also best used as a large stone for adding an impressive and beautiful statement to any jewelry collection.
There are trace amounts of iron in Aquamarine gemstones which gives it that unique blue color. Most gem Aquamarine stones have been heat-treated and this results in the popular blue-green colors. These colors were originally yellow or pale in color and by using heat it changes and gets the desired blue color.
Brazil is the leading producer of Aquamarine gemstones and has many mines. The United States and Pakistan also produce great specimens of Aquamarine. Recently, China has produced huge numbers of quality flat or stubby hexagonal crystals from a new mine. These are for sale for a fraction of the prices of the Pakistan specimens that are equally as beautiful.
The Aquamarine gemstone is also sometimes found in giant crystals. Emerald stones are not found in these big crystals.
Aquamarine can also be found in a glassy form with no crystals and sometimes with odd shapes and many holes. Large clusters of prismatic crystals can also be seen having a similar alignment. This is a sign the stone is one crystal but with many faces.
Aquamarine is such a pretty gem and is a perfect birthstone for March, perfect timing for Spring!