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The Aquamarine is considered the gemstone of the month of March as well as the gemstone for the 19th Anniversary of married couples. Aquamarine is a turquoise colored precious stone with a quality transparent variety of beryl. It is very closely related to emerald. Its colors vary and can be blue, yellow beryl, rose pink beryl, red beryl, and white beryl.
Aquamarine has a hexagonal structure with a chemical formula of Be3Al2(SiO3)6. It is a beryllium aluminium silicate mineral. The gravity of the stone is 2.68 to 2.74 and hardness is from 7.5 to 8. The usual Aquamarine is on the lower range of the specific gravity which is less than 2.7. The other variety of Aquamarine, the pink one exhibits a high specific gravity of around 2.8. The refractive indices of Aquamarine varies between 1.57 to 1.58.
In the middle ages people thought that aquamarine had magical powers of healing the effects of poison. Ancient sailors always kept aquamarine crystals with them while traveling, because they believed that Aquamarine will help them have a safe voyage and guarantee a safe return. They even kept these stones under their pillow while sleeping so that they could have a sound sleep. The sailors even believed that a mermaids lower fish like body was made of Aquamarine.
Since the Aquamarine is a type of beryl it mostly occurs in nearby ordinary beryl. Some of the finest Aquamarine occurs in Russina. Some deposits of Aquamarine are also found in Sri Lanka. Aquamarine also occurs in Brazil as clear yellow beryl, which is sometimes called aquamarine chrysolite. The Aquamarine is also often termed as Oriental Aquamarine when the corundum in the stone gives it the blue color.
Aquamarine can be found at the top of Mt. Antero in the Sawatch Range in central Colorado, in United States. Aquamarine has been discovered in the Big Horn mountains, near Powder River Pass, in Wyomming. Mines of Aquamarine are in Brazil, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Bahia, Colombia, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya. The biggest aquamarine recorded weighed 110 Kg, with a length of 48.5 cms and a breadth 42cms. It was mined in city of Marambaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1910.
An Aquamarine embedded product is the Sterling Silver Aquamarine Cocktail Ring.
Looking at this Designer Style Sterling Silver Aquamarine Cocktail Ring is like gazing into a pool of crystal blue water. The cushion cut Aquamarine stone is rich in color. If you love the look of this blue aquamarine cocktail ring you will want to get the matching necklace and earrings!
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