Classified as a semi-precious gem, this mesmerizing gem is the light blue to blue variety of the beryl mineral. Aquamarines generally form in hydrothermal carbonate veins, pegmatite rocks, and alluvial deposits. Brazil is the main source of aquamarine today. Largest aquamarine ever encountered was unearthed in Minas Gerais in Brazil. This aquamarine weighed over 100kgs.
Gem Of The Ocean
The name aquamarine was derived from the Latin “aqua marina”, which means “sea water”. Unlike some naturally included gems, Aquamarine may form in marvelous flawless crystals without any inclusions.
While aquamarine is mainly used in jewelry, it can also be used to decorate households and workplaces. Aquamarine has a hardness rating of 8 on the Mohs scale, which makes it a rather durable gemstone to be used in rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. However, the wearer should be careful and take precautions so that it does not get scratched or damaged.
The color scale of aquamarine varies from sea blue to light sky-blue. Aquamarines may come in both transparent and semi-transparent forms. It owes its dazzling color to the trace amount of iron found inside. The mines of Colombia, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Madagascar are the locations where the best varieties of Aquamarines may be found. Brazil also has a significant number of mines, in fact, the largest gem-quality aquamarine ever found was mined in Minas Gerais in Brazil. The weight of it was over 20kgs.