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Properties of Aquamarine Stone

Published on Mar 24, 2014

Gemstone Aquamarine
Other Names Berunj (Hindi)
Specific Gravity 2.76
Luster Vitreous to Resinous
Moh's Scale 7.5 - 8
Streak White
Category Cyclosilicate
Ruling Heavenly Body Neptune
Origin Colombia, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Zambia, Sri Lanka, Brazil

What is Aquamarine?

Everything on this Earth and in the universe created by the Almighty has a reason, a specific role to play and has its own importance. Not a single thing can be termed as useless, wasted or futile. The reason behind this can be defined through the means of different characteristics an object bears. The properties of an object make it different and exclusive from others and hence mark its importance and role in the World. Narrowing down to the minerals/gemstones, these stones bear the properties which make them distinct from the ordinary rocks and hence from other various varieties of gemstones. Some are known for their hardness, while others are known for their luster, some for their high refractive index and some for their colours. For instance, Aquamarine stone is known for its brilliant looks, spectacular colour and sensuous luster. This gemstone has a great importance in the Astrological world due to its transcendental properties. In the terms of jewelry, Aquamarines are extensively used for making rings, bracelets, pendants, tiaras and talismans.

What are the properties of the Aquamarine Gemstone?

  • An Aquamarine gemstone is categorized under the category of Cyclosilicates.
  • This charming gemstone is a blue coloured variety of the mineral Beryl and is composed of the elements Beryllium, Aluminium and Silicon Dioxide.
  • Moh's Scale of Hardness is the scale that measures the hardness of a gemstone by method of scratching it with a harder mineral. On this scale, Aquamarine gives a rating of 7.5 - 8 out of 10, which is 4/5th of a diamond. Although it is quite hard, Aquamarine still has a brittle nature.
  • Aquamarine is a transparent, blue-coloured gemstone with a resinous to vitreous luster.
  • The derivation of the name Aquamarine is from a Latin word 'Aqua Marina: which stands for 'Water of the Sea'. Such a name is given to this gemstone because it is similar in appearance to the water of the oceans and seas.
  • Mining of this gemstone takes place in the areas of Central Colorado (USA), Big Horn Mountains (Wyoming), Colombia, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Zambia, Sri Lanka and Brazil.
  • The deep blue variety of Aquamarine is known by the name of Maxixe which is mostly found in Madagascar. This gemstone has a tendency to lose color on exposure to the sunlight for long, but can be retained by the method of irradiation.
  • The colour of an Aquamarine gemstone comes due to the presence of Fe2+ ions. When Fe3+ ions are present in the composition along with the Fe2+ ions, it results in theAquamarine having a dark blue colour instead of a pale blue colour. Hence, Maxixe is a variety of Aquamarine Gemstone.

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