Mineral Class: Beryl
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Crystal Habit: Prismatic to Tabular
Hardness: 7.5 - 8
Luster: Vitreous to Resinous
Diaphaneity: Transparent to Translucent
Source: Worldwide (including Afghanistan, Brazil, India, and Pakistan)
Aquamarine is a pale blue variety of beryl with small traces of iron. The different types of beryl are determined by the elements that occur within it. Some other forms of beryl include Emerald and morganite. Aquamarine is formed by minute quantities of iron being trapped within the beryl crystals as they grow. It gets its name from Latin, “aqua" meaning water and "marina” meaning from the sea. This semiprecious stone is said to be the stone of the sea by ancient sailors. The Romans and Greeks both believed it to calm the seas and keep them safe. Thus so often being worn by sailors and travelers.
Aquamarine has a very breathtaking sparkle and is a favorite of many in the gem world, being used in jewelry since at least 500 BC. Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and it has been named the gem of the 19th wedding anniversary. It's pretty apparent as to why this captivating mineral has the name that it does, with those gorgeous blue colors resembling the tropical, luscious sea. Aquamarine is a soothing stone that resonates with the ocean and waves, reminding us to sit, be present, and go with the flow of life.