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The Softer Side of Blue

Aquamarine

The Softer Side of Blue for Aquamarine, the Birthstone for March. Aquamarine holds its place securely among the world’s most desirable gems. Ranging in tones from a very light to medium blue, many aquamarine will exhibit a slight tint of green in their body color. Generally the darker shades are more valued, but many people prefer the lively brightness of lighter hues. Aquamarine is readily available in larger sizes over 5 carats. In fact, gem quality Aquamarine crystals weighing several hundred pounds have been discovered.

The Greeks proclaimed this highly prized, light blue gem aquamarine, because it sparkles like the sea touched by the sun. Found in an array of pastel tones from very light to medium blue, aquamarine  is often tinted by a splash of green.  The delicate greenish blue of a fine aquamarine conjures up images of dancing light on the purest of tropical waters.

Brazil has been the main source of gem-quality aquamarine since 1811. Most aquamarine mines are located in northeast Minas Gerais Brazil. The largest aquamarine found in that region was discovered in 1910 and it weighed 244 pounds. Another significant producer of aquamarine is Pakistan.

Aquamarine should never be cleaned with a steam cleaner or an ultrasonic cleaning machine. Aquamarine can be cleaned with most any commercial jewelry cleaner or mild soap and lukewarm water using a soft brush. Be sure to rinse and dry your jewelry thoroughly after cleaning.

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