Aquamarine

By: Safir Santiago, A1, 2/15/14

Aquamarine, Inside and Out

Aquamarine can be from light blue to blue green. In order for an Aquamarine gemstone to be one, it must have a hardness level between 7.5 and 8.0. The crystal system must be hexagonagal. The luster must be vitreous and the cleavage must be 3,1. The gemstone can be used in rings, necklaces, earrrings and other types of jewelry. Some other names for Aquamarine are: Brazilian Aquamarine, Mass Aqua, Nerchinsk Aquamarine, and Siam Aquamarine. Most Aquamarines are heat treated to smooth the surface from any imperfections and changes the color from a light blue green to deep blue. The chemical formula for Aquamarine is Be3Al2SiO6.

Where can Aquamarine be found?

Aquamarine can usually be found in places such as Brazil,  Pakistan, Myanmar, Russia, China, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, and the United States (such as Colorado and California). Aquamarine is very common to find in these places.
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Aquamarine in History

The largest aquamarine of gemstone quality ever mined was found in Brazil, in 1910. the gemstone was 19 inches long and 17 inches in diameter. THAT'S LARGE!