During the month of March I find myself thinking of the color Aquamarine frequently. As a jewelry professional I should say it is because Aquamarine is the birthstone for March but in reality I am mostly daydreaming about getting out of the terrible Mid-West weather and into the beautiful Aqua colored waters of the Caribbean Ocean.

This blog post is about the gemstone Aquamarine and not the Caribbean ocean, so sorry guys there will be no pictures of women wearing tiny bikinis.

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Named after seawater, Aquamarine’s fresh watery hue is a cool plunge into a refreshing pool.

Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater and it was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. March’s birthstone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages. The best gems combine high clarity with limpid transparency and blue to slightly greenish blue hues. Like many beryls, aquamarine forms large crystals suitable for sizable fashioned gems and carvings.

Aquamarine Sources

Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Vietnam

FACTS

MINERAL: beryl

CHEMISTRY: Be3Al2Si6O18

COLOR: greenish blue, light in tone

REFRACTIVE INDEX: 1.577 to 1.583

BIREFRINGENCE: 0.005 to 0.009

SPECIFIC GRAVITY: 2.72

MOHS HARDNESS: 7.5 to 8.0

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The Dom Pedro aquamarine in the vault at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
The Dom Pedro aquamarine in the vault at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.