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Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family, so are emeralds and morganite. Aquamarine ranges in color from blueish green, blue-green, greenish blue to deep blue.
The word “aquamarine” is derived from the Latin words aqua, meaning “water,” and marina, meaning “of the sea.”
Brazil is known as the major source of the gem, but other locations include Madagascar, Zambia, and Mozambique, as well as many other countries.
With a Mohs Hardness rating of 7.5 to 8, aquamarine gems are suitable for everyday wear.
In 1936, the government of Brazil gave First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt a dark blue rectangular aquamarine that is now housed at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York.
A little about me…. First and foremost, I am a jewelry lover and enthusiast. I’ve always been infatuated with gemstones and the amazing colors mother nature produces. I have been in retail for over 25 years, 10 of them being in the jewelry industry. I started my career in retail as a sales associate at a national jewelry chain.