AQUAMARINE

Aquamarine is the beautiful gemstone that is the color of the sea, bluish – green. It has been known to man for thousands of years. Ancient sailors would take these precious stones on ships when they traveled to stay safe, in medieval ages, it was believed to have mystical qualities such as for one to be happy in marriage and to be honest and faithful. Aquamarine is made from Beryl, one of the most readily available minerals in the world, however it does include Beryllium which is a rare element. Beryl comes in many colors, for instance, in bluish green, it is Aquamarine, when yellow or yellow orange, it is called Heliodor. Beryl also comes in a pale pink called Morganite, there is even a white Beryl called Goshenite. Besides these colors, one of the most sought after color of Beryl is the rarest of them, a deep red Beryl called Bixbate. Beryl is a mineral that grows hexagonal in nature and its crystal habits are either prismatic, elongated or flattened. The transparency and translucence of this mineral make the Beryl look very glassy adding to the overall beauty of the stone. The stone has a hardness of 7.5 or 8.0 which is considerably hard and perfect for ornamental jewelry uses. However, it should be noted that it can still fracture or break. Aquamarine has been found in large sizes weighing over 200 hundred pounds, however, most Aquamarine that is found is much smaller, usually a few carats.

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