Aquamarine-a gemstone with good qualities
by Preeti Sharma
The iron impurities are located in the beryl crystal structure. The color of Aquamarine is mainly because of hint amounts of iron impurities in beryl structure. The different colors of Aquamarine depend on the concentration of iron in the stone.
Any thing and everything of this
world have an end, but the beauty,
luster and qualities of Aquamarine
seem to be endless. Not only they
are incessant, they are paramount
too. Aquamarine is a multi faceted
and multi quality gemstone.
Aquamarine may be hard to describe,
but the real fun lies in owning it
and savoring its great beauty and
Aquamarine - A quality stone
Aquamarine Be3Al3 (SiO3) 6 is a
gemstone of transparent variety of
beryl. It has a soft blue or blue
green color. It is suggestive of the
tint of sea water, as blue as the
Caribbean. It is related closely to
gem emerald. Beryl is a mineral made
of beryllium aluminum silicate, a
marketable source of beryllium.
Aquamarine is the most familiar
variety of gem beryl. it appears in
pegmatite, an igneous rock. There,
it becomes really large and clear
crystals than the emerald.
Aquamarine has a hexagonal crystal
structure and chemical formula of
Be3Al2Si6O18, a beryllium Aluminium
Aquamarine gemstone has long been of
great interest because it has many
varieties that are valued in a
gemstone. Though Aquamarine belongs
to the same family as the emerald,
but emeralds are much brittle in
comparison. Along with bloodstone,
Aquamarine is a birthstone of Pisces
birth sign (Fish) (Feb. 19 - March
Aquamarine has had its name in an
interesting way. its name comes from
Latin language, aqua marina,
meaning, "water of the sea". It is
called as heliodor; rose pink beryl,
Morganite, white beryl and goshenite.
Historical Qualities and lore
Since the ancient time, Aquamarine
is credited with a stone that offers
courage, treatment for laziness and
reviving the intellect. It was
called the treasure of mermaids
having a great power to keep sailors
at sea safe. It is said to have a
peculiarly strong charm when it is
kept immersed in water the power
that sailors need the most.
The ancient people used to believe
that Aquamarine is said to have a
great pacifying influence on land,
on the married couples particularly.
Such was its power that helped
husbands and wives to work out their
differences. It ensures that the
couple has a long and happy
marriage. Thus, it is a best
anniversary gift for the love birds!
Aquamarine allegedly protects the
wearer against the wiles of devil. A
dream of aquamarine had the
significance that you will meet new
friends. People believed Aquamarine
can reawaken love not only in long
married couples but also in the new
Others reportedly say that
Aquamarine is the right stone for
meditation. In middle ages,
Aquamarine was believed to impart
the wearer with great insight,
foresight and freedom from insomnia.
From any years, it was credited with
great reputation of offering its
wearers with happiness and eternal
The colors of Aquamarine are great
and charming. You can find them in a
wide range of blue shades. They
range from the palest pastel to
greenish blue to deep blue. The deep
blue gems are, in fact, rare.
Aquamarine is pastel gemstone whose
color can be greatly intense in
large gemstones. A small Aquamarine
stone can often be less vivid. The
choice of color depends more on your
taste and preference. Mostly natural
Aquamarine is cool greenish blue.
The iron impurities are located in
the beryl crystal structure. The
color of Aquamarine is mainly
because of hint amounts of iron
impurities in beryl structure. The
different colors of Aquamarine
depend on the concentration of iron
in the stone.
The jewelry industry has devised
many advanced methods to improvise
the color of Aquamarine gemstone.
The modern methods get Aquamarine
heat treated to drive the color out
of the stone. It then leaves a much
pleasing dark blue color. The
process can be reversed through
irradiation. The yellow and green
colors can be thus restored.
Generally, it calls for a stone of a
definite size to have a dark shade.
The treatment methods of Aquamarine
stones are mostly a permanent
treatment. Though a dark and pure
blue aquamarine stone has become
desirable these days, but if you
prefer a little natural green gems,
you can find that they are not heat
treated and mostly less expensive.
The Aquamarine having dark blue
color is often the most valuable,
but the color generally ranges from
light turquoise blue to bluish
green. The Aquamarine stone with
green color is less valuable and
thus cheaper than other stones.
Aquamarine is best against all sorts
of nerve pain, gland diseases,
toothache and troubles in the jaw,
neck and throat. It gives strength
to liver and kidneys. Aquamarine
reduces problems of eyes, ears and
stomach. It also relieves cough.
Aquamarine defends the wearer from
perils of the sea, as well as
seasickness. It can help to ease
depression and pain.
Sizes and price
Aquamarine is found in many sizes
and qualities. Gems are cut that
weigh about many hundred carats.
They are too large to be worn by
anyone. Thus, the price of
aquamarine gemstone doesn't differ
in sizes more than a carat.
Aquamarine is generally worth the
same price for each carat as a one
carat gem of good quality. Its price
depends on its clarity and the
profoundness of color.
Shopping Tips-How to find Aquamarine
with good qualities
Aquamarine is a remarkable and
affordable gemstone of great
quality. aquamarine is a transparent
and hard gemstone that makes it a
great choice for beautiful jewelry
such as rings, earrings or pendants.
With its delicate color and perfect
clarity, Aquamarine is best
exhibited in a better prominent
For many years, aquamarine is the
favorite gemstone of many consumers.
When you go out in the market to
choose high quality aquamarine for
yourself, it may become a bit
difficult for you. you may get very
confused as to how to decide about
the qualities of Aquamarine. Here
are some worthy tips-
1. Buy Aquamarine only with a
reputable and reliable jeweler. The
jeweler must be well familiar with
aquamarine in particular and also
gemstones in general. They are the
only people who may sell Aquamarine
of real good quality.
2. To make out the best quality of
Aquamarine, you must ask if the
stone is treated in any way. the
common treatments can be heat
treatment, irradiation, coating and
dyeing. Though not all the
treatments may devaluate the stone,
you must always ask the seller about
the qualities of Aquamarine what you
3. Check the color, clarity and cut
of the stone. Look at the stone from
all different angles. Aquamarine
displays a light pastel color. You
can check that the light reflects
evenly from the surface of gem.
There must not be any scratches on
the gemstone. Only, after a close
look at all the features of the
stone you must conclude about the
quality of the stone.More
About Aquamarine in wikipedia