Aquamarine Gemstone

Origin & History | Value | Unique Properties | Mining | Magical Properties

Origin of Aquamarine & its brief history

Aquamarine was found together with the other Beryls at the ancient Ethiopian mines, but the true location of these mines is unknown until that moment. There is an information that the Aquamarine was introduced into Europe for the commercial purposes prior to the XVII c. from South America. But the confirmed sources tells us that the first Aquamarines came to us from Upper Egypt, near the cost of the Red Sea and south of Kosseir.

The Value of the Aquamarine

Aquamarine Gemstone

If we consider the true Aquamarine, it’s worth nearly the natural Ruby. Moreover, some specimens of this gemstone sometimes worth as much as Diamond. Basically, this is due to the fact that some specimens of this gemstone could be of immense size.

This can be demonstrated by the following example: Much of the most valuable large emeralds indeed are the Aquamarines, such as one, belongs to the Duke of Devonshire, which weight is 1350 carats and another distinguished crystal owned by Russian Tzar, which was described as ten inches in size, which is now stored at the Diamond Fund of Russian Federation.

Unique properties of Aquamarine

In terms of its uniqueness, the Aquamarine could be equal to a precious stone, inasmuch as this gemstone has unique geological properties. It is frequently found embedded in mica schists and similar rocks, furthermore aquamarine as well as Emerald and other Beryls were never found in gem valves like other gemstones.

The most particular feature of the Aqumarine is that the color of this gemstone uniformly distributed through its body. This phenomenon is very well visible in the dichroiscope, or other similar modern device. By the way, exactly, this way you could determine the true Aquamarine and will be able to distinguish it from any fake or imitation.

Where the Aquamarine is mined?

Aquamarine mines are located in India, Russia (in Siberia), Brazil and also in many locations in the US. This is not a rare gemstone, and the specimens suitable for cutting are quite frequently found, therefore for a present time Aqumarine worth much less than the Emerald.

Big crystals of the Aquamarine are also frequently obtained, that is why we can meet these gemstones at many museums, cabinets and collections.

The (magical) properties, attributed to Aquamarine

If we consider in general all the Beryls and the Aquamarine in particular, we can find many interesting properties, attributed to these gemstones.

For example, in the Middle Ages it was believed that the Aquamarine gives to its wearer’s second sight, foresight and insight to find a balance between the heart and mind, therefore, to a certain extent, the Aquamarine is a forecast stone. That is why, it was used for divination in XVII c. It was also called the “sweet-tempered stone” in the Middle Ages.

The method was as follows: a ring containing a beryl handed on a thread above a bowl filled with water. The edges of the bowl represented a clock face, on which were written the letters instead of numbers. A ring containing a beryl oscillating from side to side and stopping before certain letters. Thereby, the Aquamarine gave the answers to the questions. It was considered that in this way, the Aquamarine (or any Beryl) contacted with the evil spirit and ruled him and it was he who gave answers.


According to the modern US and UK charts, Aquamarine is the main Birthstone appropriate for March, however in the Middle Ages it was considered, that Aquamarine is the Birthstone of October.

June 23, 2018

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