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aquamarine - stone of courage

aquamarine crystal

aquamarine, amethyst, & pearl bracelet

compositiona form of beryllium aluminum silicate
name sourcefrom the Latin aqua, meaning "water"; and mare, meaning "sea"
historical aliases"the sailor's gem," "stone of courage"
color pale to medium blue, sometimes with a slight hint of green
color sourcetrace amounts of iron
significant sourcesAfghanistan, Brazil, Pakistan
MOH scale7.5
care and treatmentAlthough very hard and not prone to scratching, due to its probable heat-treatment, the beautiful color of an aquamarine may fade upon prolonged exposure to light and the sun. Aquamarine can be cleaned in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner or with warm, soapy water and a soft brush.