Aquamarine is the blue variety of beryl (green beryl is emerald, pink beryl is morganite). Aquamarines come in a range of colors including dark blue, sky blue, blue-green, and blueish-grey. Today, the most desirable colors are sky blue and dark blue; however, in the 19th century the preferred color was sea green. The best gem quality aquamarines are found in Brazil. Most aquamarine gems have been heat treated to enhance the color.
AQUAMARINE: MEANING & ANCIENT LORE
- Aquamarine is derived from Latin aqua marina meaning “sea water”.
- The largest aquamarine ever was found in Brazil weighing 243 pounds! It was cut into smaller gemstones yielding over 200,000 Carats in total.
- Historically, sailors would take an aquamarine stone on long voyages to protect against accidents and seasickness.
- The Dom Pedro Aquamarine, the world’s largest cut aquamarine, is displayed in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
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