If you are looking for a soft and beautiful gemstone, then you need to take a look at aquamarine. This gemstone makes amazing jewelry pieces and aquamarine rings and pendants are very popular. As a gemstone, this is one that is growing more and more popular.
What is Aquamarine?
Aquamarine is a name that comes from the Latin for “water of the sea” and it is a blue or turquoise gemstone that is actually a variety of beryl mineral deposits, which also includes gemstones like emerald and morganite. Aquamarine it typically found in and around areas that are rich in other beryl deposits. The color of aquamarine can be influenced by heat treatment and other conditioning and comes in a variety of hues ranging from light blue to deep turquoise.
Where Does it Come From?
Aquamarine beryl is found most commonly in European countries such as Norway, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Ireland and Russia. Other countries that have a good natural resource of aquamarine gemstones include Brazil, Colombia, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, the United States, and Zambia. Within the USA the states with the highest amount of aquamarine to mine include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Dakota and Utah. With so many points of access to this variety of beryl this is a fairly common gemstone but it can still be difficult to find high quality and highly polished stones for your jewelry pieces, which makes aquamarine jewelry a high commodity and a great social symbol.
Records and Appeal
The largest aquamarine stone was mined from Marambaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1910 and it tipped the scales at an impressive weight of 110 kg, and record breaking dimensions of 19 in long and 17 in diameter. The largest cut aquamarine gem is known as the Dom Pedro aquamarine, which can be seen at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. But you can have your own gorgeous gemstone today and enjoy your aquamarine pendants, rings, and jewelry!
Category: Gemstone Jewelry