Aquamarine is the birthstone of March, and the 19th year anniversary stone. The greenish/blue variety is in the Beryl family of gemstones, the same family as emerald.
This beautiful Beryllium Aluminum Silicate mineral is one of the true marvels of nature.
Above average hardness and toughness, aquamarine is one of the most popular selling gemstones today.
The Latin meaning for aquamarine is "waters of the ocean." Aquamarine is also the bringer of good luck to ocean-going sailors. It is historically and currently found in Brazil, but more aquamarine is mined in Madagascar and Nigeria today.
Typically aquamarine is free of inclusions and pale to a medium green/blue color. The stones are lightly heated to drive-out the green component. Still relatively inexpensive, aquamarines in a deep, darker blue to a green/blue color are rare and can be moderately expensive. Still, aquamarine is one of my all-time favorite gemstones.