from the AGTA website:
"The very name aquamarine brings to mind the limpid, clear blue tint of the sea. Legend says that Neptune, the King of the Sea, gave aquamarine as gifts to the mermaids, and from then on, it has brought love to all who have owned it. Aquamarine was long thought to have a soothing influence on married couples, making it a good anniversary gift.
Aquamarines are found in a range of blue shades, from the palest pastel to greenish-blue to a deep blue. While the choice of color is largely a matter of taste, the deeper blue gemstones are more
rare. Remember that Aquamarine is a pastel gemstone, and while color can be quite intense in larger gemstones, the smaller aquamarines are often less vivid.
This elegant colored gemstone is the birthstone of March and is the symbol of youth, hope, health and fidelity. Aquamarine was long thought to have a soothing influence on married couples, making
it a good anniversary gift.
Many aquamarines are greenish when mined and cut. For those who prefer a purer blue, these gemstones are heated to enhance their blue color permanently. Some aquamarine fanciers prefer the greenish hues, saying the greener tones remind them more of the sea. The color tones of aquamarine are subtle and varied. Their soft luster is a wonderful addition to any natural colored gemstone jewelry collection."
Here is a link to GIA's Buyer's Guide to Aquamarine"
|the classic sea-blue color
deep "double" blue
|properties:||RI=1.577 (+/-0.016) - 1.583 (+/-0.017)
SG=2.72 (-0.05, +0.12)
highly suitable for use in jewelry
can be 100% natural untreated
aquamarine is routinely heated to remove the greenish component
(see policy on Treatment Disclosure)
|important information||we specialise in natural, unheated material which has an attractive blue-green color
the darkest blue colors are generally the most desired and expensive gems (beryl normally occurs in light tones)
|cuts:||calibrated up to 6mm
all standard cuts and free sizes
|rough:||generally available in clean material to cut 5mm and under; bigger pieces occasionally available - please Contact Us for current stock|
|mining:||found in brazil, mozambique, zambia, nigeria, tanzania, kenya afghanistan and other localities worldwide|