Aquamarine, in according to tradition, protects fishermen and sailors while traveling at sea, as well as giving good memory and ability to distinguish truth from falsehood.
The name comes from its strong connection with the sea, from which it draws origin just the name of the stone itself. Its color ranges from light blue of the sky to the deep blue sea.
This charming gem has always inspired designers worldwide to create some extraordinary designs with superb cut. Similarly to the emerald belongs to the beryl family, the aquamarine is the presence of traces of iron.
Deposits and mines
The main deposits are found in Brazil, particularly in the state of Minas Gerais, where there are stones of great value with very light colors, in Russia (east of the Ural mountains, are beryl of all colors), in Madagascar (beryl very beautiful), Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan, California, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India, Australia, China (the latter less significant).
The deposit of origin is, without a doubt, one of the factors underpinning the value of these stones. For nature it is one of the aquamarine stones clearest in circulation. The presence of inclusions is very rare and, when it occurs, it means that has been treated with negligence and carelessness. Aquamarine quality should present no inclusions visible to the naked eye, while those that may be visible with a magnifying glass to read and should be hidden. Particularly fascinating is the aquamarine Cat’s Eye: the phenomenon that distinguishes it is very rare for any gem, but for aquamarines is even more. This effect is caused by long and parallel needle-like inclusions that reflect light.