Aquamarine gemstones are blue beryl. It is the
presence of iron that can turn beryl into aquamarine. The name
"aquamarine" means "sea water: in Latin, alluding to its colour.
Most natural-colour Aquamarine is light bluish-green. Prior to
the 1900's, this was the preferred colour for aquamarine.
Today it's routinely heat-treated to remove the green component,
thereby producing a permanently coloured blue stone. The more
intense the blue colour the more valuable the stone.
Aquamarines usually have a high transparency and clarity, even under
magnification. They are also very durable and their colour is
evenly distributed. Brazil, Madagascar, Mozambique, Ukraine,
Nigeria, Pakistan and Zambia are all major sources (Newman, p.84
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to Good depending on clarity
Ultrasonic cleaners are usually safe for stones of good
Fine quality stones over a carat retails from $200 to $1000 USD per carat. (Newman, 2006)
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