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Aquamarine Gemstone Information
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Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March and the gemstone for the 16th and the 19th wedding anniversary. The name is derived from a Latin word meaning "sea water" and was known to protect ocean voyages and guard against sea monsters. It was also believed that aquamarine soaked in water would treat eye troubles, respiratory diseases, and hiccups. It is said that this gemstone is used to help ease depression and grief; and also used to re-awaken love in long marriages. It also signifies the making of new friends.
 

ENHANCEMENT CODE H

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PROPERTIES
Refractive Index 1.577-1.583
Hardness = 7.5-8 (Moh's Scale)
Specific Gravity =2.72
Species - Beryl
Optic Character - Double Refraction.
Phenomena - Chatoyancy (Rare).


WARNINGS FOR CARE
Ultrasonic: Usually safe.
Steamer: Usually safe.
Heat: Poor; color change may occur with heat.
Chemicals that harm: Hydrofluoric acid.

Crystal Structure
aquamarine crystal image.
Crystal system: Hexagonal (trigonal), long prisms.

MAJOR SOURCES
South America, Africa, China.
 

 

Birthstones
 January  Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine
April Diamond
May Emerald
June Pearl/Alexandrite
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Opal/Tourmaline
November Topaz or Citrine
December Blue Topaz or Zircon
Common Cuts for Gemstones.

marquise cut aquamarine image

Marquise cut aquamarine.
 

emerald cut aquamarine image

Emerald cut aquamarine.

oval shape aquamarine image

Oval shape aquamarine.

pear shape aquamarine image.

Pear shape aquamarine.

Round aquamarine image

Round cut aquamarine.

Princess cut aquamarine image

Princess cut.
 

straight baguette cut aquamarine image.

Straight baguette aquamarine.
 

trillion cut aquamarine  image

Trillion cut aquamarine.


 

 
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