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It's name means "water of the sea" in Latin because it's color so resembles that of ocean water. Iron creates this color naturally in this stone, but heating specimens with lower iron content will bring out the desired color permanently. When overheated though, it can lead to discoloration. Attempts to improve color with gamma and neutron irradiation can be done, but the changes aren't permanent.

Aquamarine from Brazil-Public Domain

Aquamarine can make beautiful faceted gemstones, but jewelers must be very careful when using it for their creations because it can be brittle. It is also sensitive to pressure.

Color: Light blue, dark blue, blue-green
Mohs' Hardness Scale: 7 1/2 to 8
Density: 2.68 - 2.74
Transparency: Transparent to Opaque

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March:  Aquamarine, Bloodstone  

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