Aquamarine information - about the March birthstone
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A member of the Beryl family, gem grade Aquamarine is a beautiful transparent stone with a blue - green color.
Better grades are faceted; translucent gems are made into cabochons like the one shown in the ring below; opaque aquamarine is usually made into beads.
Aquamarine is a hard, non porous stone with a hardness of 7.5 - 8 on the Mohs scale. Although not as rare as its precious cousin the emerald, larger sizes of cut and polished aquamarine can be quite expensive.
For this reason, top grade gems
are usually found in gold jewelry and rarely set in silver.
Traditionally worn and carried by fishermen for luck and protection, many people also believe that it enhances and strengthens psychic abilities. It is also believed by some to possess curative properties useful in the treatment of digestive and stomach related disorders.
Simple to care for, jewelry containing aquamarine can be easily hand cleaned with a toothbrush and dishwashing detergent. Any jewelry polish can be used with great results. Your aquamarine jewelry will retain its original beauty for many years with minimal care. Ultrasonic and steam cleaning are not recommended.
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