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Aquamarine FAQ’s

Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl species. It is the blue variety of Beryl. Other types of Beryl are Emerald (green variety), Morganite (pink variety) and Heliodor (yellow variety). Trace elements of Iron in Beryl give it the blue color it is so coveted for. Its name is derived from Latin word “Aqua Marina” meaning “Water of the Sea” and the name is very apt, as Aquamarine’s greenish blue hues are very reminiscent of the ocean. Aquamarine can range from a very light blue (almost colorless) through to a deep Blue or Greenish Blue.

Aquamarine prices and values have a wide range and are denoted by the 4 C’s of quality, just like Diamonds. Color is the most important value factor. Aquamarine can range from a very pale greenish blue (almost colorless) through to a deep, intense Blue or Greenish Blue. The lighter colors are more common and therefore less valuable. The deeper colors command premium prices and can reach up to $1000 per carat in today’s market. Clarity is very important with Aquamarine as it is a GIA Type 1 classified gemstone. As such it is expected to be free of inclusions. Aquamarines that contain inclusions or flaws, especially ones that are eye visible are marked down in price significantly. See our Aquamarine Buying Guide for more information.

Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. March babies are fortunate to have this stunning gem as their birthstone. See our Definitive Guide on Birthstones to gain an insight into why.

Aquamarine is mined in a variety of locations around the world. The most famous location is the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil where the renowned “Santa Maria” deep blues are mined. However, Africa is the continent which produces most Aquamarine currently seen in the market. Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar and Malawi all produce this beautiful blue stone. In the East, Aquamarine is mined in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as Russia and Sri Lanka.

Aquamarine is a rare gemstone, particularly in its finest color bracket. The finest “Santa Maria” deep blues from Brazil, can fetch upwards of $1000 per carat due to their rarity. Similarly, a deep greenish blue being mined in Mozambique known as “Santa Maria Afrique” commands a premium price. The very light colors are more common in the market and are not as rare or valuable.

Aquamarine is a very spiritual gemstone. It is the stone of empowerment and in aligning oneself with the yielding, resilient vitality of life. It enhances women’s intuitive abilities, and aids men to express their inner feelings. In ancient lore and metaphysics, Aquamarine is believed to bring numerous benefits to the wearer. It is believed to be a calming influence, inspires trust and truth in the wearer and allows the wearer to let go of their cares and worries. It mirrors the calming influence of the sea. In fact, sailors in past centuries believed it to be the treasure of mermaids and carried Aquamarine crystals to keep them safe at sea. Even today, it protects all who travel over water. In Eastern metaphysics, Aquamarine is associated with the Throat Chakra and is used to overcome the fear of public speaking. It also promotes moderation and responsibility in the wearer.

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