Aquamarines are one of the several semi-precious gemstone variations of Beryl, which also includes the precious gemstone Emerald.
Aquamarines, derived from the Latin phrase “water of sea” are one of the several semi-precious gemstone variations of Beryl, which also includes the precious gemstone Emerald. Despite being from the same family of Emeralds, which are known for their inclusions and flaws, Aquamarines are often completely flawless.
Aquamarine, which registers between 7-8 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness, ranges in colour from a faint light blue and cyan to blue and bluish-green. Lighter coloured aquamarines are generally more common and often light blue Topaz is easily mistaken for Aquamarines as, not only are the colours of these two gemstones identical, but also their physical characteristics are very similar.
Aquamarines are mined in many countries across the world, including Brazil, Zambia, Nigeria, and Madagascar, as well as Pakistan and Mozambique.
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March, also shared with Bloodstone, and the gemstone representing the 19th Wedding Anniversary. The calm and tranquil energies of this stone are believed to help manage stress and bring peace of mind.
This semi-precious gemstone represents faithfulness, courage, and friendship and thought to ease communication problems. Aquamarines are also believed to increase courage, happiness, foresight, intelligence, and youth.
Aquamarines are also associated with of love and spirituality, and it was often used as a charm by sailors for protection while at sea.