Blue to slightly greenish blue variety of the mineral beryl. Crystals are sometimes big enough to cut fashioned gems of more than 100 carats. Aquamarine is the birth stone for March and the gem of the 19th wedding anniversary. The leading producer of aquamarine is Brazil. Other deposits of aquamarine are sourced from Australia, Myanmar (Burma), China, India(Karur), Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zambia and Zimbabwe, U.S.A.
Aquamarine preferred color is a moderately strong dark blue to slightly greenish blue.
Most cut gems are eye clean. Large examples are available without visible inclusions.
Because aquamarine color is light, cutting is important and well cut gems show brilliance.
Aquamarine crystals range from tiny to very large some even up to 100 lbs.
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The largest gem quality aquamarine crystal mined to date is 19 inches long.
Like emerald, aquamarine is a color variety of the mineral beryl.
Aquamarine is mined at high elevations in Pakistan Karakoram Mountains.