Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl family. Other beryls are Emerald and Morganite. Aquamarines light blue color is more pure and its attributes less brittle than Emerald, making it a desirable gem for special occasion wear.


Aquamarine grades:

Like most colored gemstones aquamarines are graded on a letter scale.


B        Light color; included; good cut

A        Medium to light color; slightly included; good cut

AA      Medium color; eye clean; good cut

AAA    Medium to dark color; eye clean; good cut


Aquamarine is rated “good” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.


Major Sources
Afganistan   Africa   China   India   Pakistan   Russia   South America *  



Most aquamarines have been heated to improve their color and sometimes also clarity. Heating is a permanent enhancement, as lasting as the gemstone itself. Heated aquamarines can be re-cut and re-polished if needed without affecting it's color hue.