Aquamarine is a turquoise coloured variety of beryl, meaning it is in the same family as emerald and morganite. The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin aqua marina meaning ‘water of the sea’.
Aquamarine has been mined for over 2,300 years, in ancient Greece, sailors believed it would protect them from bad weather at sea. Folklore dictates that aquamarine will protect you from gossip, whereas the Romans used aquamarine to alleviate throat illnesses and bring inner strength.
The largest faceted aquamarine is known as the ‘Dom Pedro Aquamarine’. It is on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. The gemstone was named after the first Brazilian emperor, Pedro I. The gemstone weighs an unprecedented 10,363 carats.
Where is aquamarine mined?
Aquamarine is being mined in many countries and continents including Brazil, USA, Russia, Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Aquamarine is 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale.
Birthstone and Anniversary Stone
Aquamarine is the birthstone of the month March.