(from Latin: aqua marina, "water of the sea") is a blue or cyan variety of
beryl. It occurs at most localities which yield ordinary beryl. The gem-gravel
placer deposits of Sri Lanka contain aquamarine. The deep blue version of
aquamarine is called maxixe. Maxixe is commonly found in Madagascar. Its colour
fades to white when exposed to sunlight or is subjected to heat treatment,
though the colour returns with irradiation.
Aquamarine is beside the green emerald the most famous gemstone variety of the
mineral beryl; Other variations Heliodor (yellow), Morganite (pink) and Gosherit
(white) and Bixbite (red), also called "red emerald"
In the US Aquamarine is found on Mt. Antero, central Colorado and in Big Horn
Mountains, near Powder River Pass, Wyoming. In Brazil Aquamarine is mained in
Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and Bahia and minorly in Rio Grande do Norte. Other
mining locations are Colombia, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya.
The largest aquamarine of gem quality ever mined was found in Marambaia, Minas
Gerais, Brazil, in 1910. It weighed over 110 kg with the dimension 48.5 x 42 cm
Aquamarine is the birthstone of March and gives you purity, clarity and courage
in communication. It helps you express your inner playfulness and creativity.
CLARITY CLASSIFICATION IF Internally Flawless No Inclusions Visible Even With 10x Magnification.
VVS Very-Very Slightly Included Minute Inclusions Not Visible To Eye.
VSI Very Slight Inclusions Slight Inclusions Visible To Eye.
SI 1-2 Slight Inclusions: Some Inclusions Visible.
I 1-3 Included Many Inclusions Visible. 807163324