Aquamarine

March 10, 2015

Aquamarine is the blue variety of the gem species beryl and is the sister to emerald and morganite.  The literal translation for aquamarine is "sea water" and hence its long association with the symbolism of the sea.  This gem also symbolizes youthfulness, the spirit of hope, good health, fidelity and lasting love.

 

 

The most valuable aquamarine is medium in tone, the most vivid possible and blue to slightly greenish-blue in hue.  Many people desire the lighter, more pastel aquamarines which are more available, and therefore, modestly priced.  THough often confused in color with the more abundant and less expensive blue topaz, aquamarine remains prized among gem enthusiasts.  Aquamarine is found mainly in Brazil and also in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique.

 

Aquamarine is routinely subjected to heat as a normal part of the processing phase.  The color is stable and requires no special care.

 

Hardness (Scratch Resistance)

7.5 - 8.0 on the Moh's Scale

 

 

Toughness (Chip & Crack Resistance)

Good

 

Stability (To Heat, Light or Chemicals)

Generally stable to heat unless gem has internal inclusions. Keep away from hydrochloric acid.

 

Repair

Avoid direct heat from a jeweler's torch, particulary if gem has internal inclusions.

 

Cleaning

Ultrasonic/steam cleaning is usually safe.  Avoid if gem is included.

 

Occasions

- March birthstone, with bloodstone

- 19th Wedding Anniversary

- Scorpio

 

Source -- American Gem Society

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