Aquamarine Gemstone Information

Aquamarine, reminiscent of the sea and believed to be a powerfully soothing influence on relationships, is considered one of the world's favorite gemstones.

The Beauty of Aquamarine

As you would expect from a gemstone whose name means sea water, Aquamarine is reminiscent of the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Conjuring up glorious thoughts of happy, warm, sunny evenings by the edge of the sea and memorable times.

The gemstone is said to be a powerfully soothing influence on relationships, ensuring a long and happy marriage. Hence, it is considered such a perfect gift on special occasions and to celebrate the 19th wedding anniversary.

Aquamarine – The Birthstone for March

Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone for March, an alternative birthstone also accepted is Bloodstone, also known as Heliotrope.

Aquamarine is very wearable light blue gemstone, Aquamarine can transition easily from day to evening and can take a few knocks without chipping or scratching.

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Formation of Aquamarine

Aquamarine is from the Latin "aqua marina," meaning "sea water," and is a blue variety of Beryl. It forms in spectacular hexagonal crystals/pencils in the host rock. Both Emerald and Morganite are also forms of Beryl, colored differently due to the minerals they come in contact with during formation. Aquamarine gets its color from iron.

Quality of Aquamarine

The best Aquamarines are a stunning very slightly greenish blue color with a moderately strong color saturation/intensity. Some may naturally exhibit a more yellow/green color, which can be removed by routine heating. Aquamarines with higher clarity and deeper colors command higher prices.

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Origins of Aquamarine

The largest and best-known deposit of Aquamarine is found in Brazil, but it's also found in Pakistan, China, Myanmar, Russia, Ukraine, and more recently in Africa. Mozambique has recently become renowned for producing Aquamarines rivaling the colors of the famous Santa Maria Aquamarine from Brazil.

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Lore and Legends

  • The Romans called Aquamarine "water of the sea," using it for protection during sea travel.
  • In ancient lore, it was believed to guard sailors at sea and counteract darkness.
  • In Medieval times, it was thought to reawaken love in marriages and bring victory in battles.

Meaning and Healing Properties

Aquamarine is believed to assist in stress reduction, positive life changes, and courage. It activates the Throat Chakra, aiding in communication of one's deepest truths. It's also used in meditation and is associated with guardian angels. Physically, it's believed to aid in fluid retention, glandular disorders, and eye health.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Aquamarine form?

Aquamarine is a blue variety of Beryl that forms in hexagonal crystals in host rock, deriving its color from iron.

Where is Aquamarine found?

Aquamarine is found in various locations worldwide, with notable deposits in Brazil, Pakistan, China, Myanmar, and Mozambique.

What qualities define Aquamarine?

The best Aquamarines exhibit a very slightly greenish blue color with a strong saturation. Higher clarity and deeper colors command higher prices.

What does the Aquamarine quaity grades mean?

Like most colored gemstones aquamarines are graded on a letter scale. The exact grading varies a bit from seller to seller.

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

Trillion aquamarine grades


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.