Aquamarine is a gem whose blue, blue-green or green color mostly resembles that of sea water. The blue variety is the most valuable, however, greenish stones can sometimes be changed to the highly prized blue shade by heating them in an electric furnace to 450°C.(842°F) True aquamarine is a variety of the beryllium ore contained in beryl and is found in Russia and North Carolina in the United States. Other blue stones are sometimes sold under the name aquamarine, in particular, blue synthetic spinel is sometimes sold as synthetic aquamarine. The largest aquamarine in the world, a sea green stone weighing about fifty pounds, was found in Espirito Santo, Brazil and brought to the Untied States in 1947 for cutting.

Magic & Myth

This lovely gem evokes the sea in both its name and its color. The ancients saw this as a stone of courage and felt that carrying it would help them return safe and prosperous from sea voyages. It aids in compassion, and tolerance, and facilitates communication both with others and with the deeper self.