The beryl family encompasses a group of very popular and precious gems. The single beryl species gave us charming Santa-Maria aquamarines and Colombian emeralds and tender pink morganites, heliodor in festive shades of yellow,  ruby-red bixbites, and even colorless goshenites.

Emerald is typically heavily included; its inclusions can even help identify where it was mined. On the other hand, Aquamarines, morganites, and heliodors usually have fewer inclusions. Read about emeralds.

Beryl aquamarine Leon Mege illustration

Aquamarine is a beautiful and plentiful gem of ancient lineage. It is a March birthstone. The name “aquamarine” means “blue water” in Latin.

The largest aquamarine ever found weighed 243 pounds. It was discovered in 1910 in Brazil. After cutting, it yielded over 200,000 carats. The Romans believed that a frog carved from aquamarine could reconcile enemies and make them friends.
They also thought it absorbs the spirit of love: “When blessed and worn, it joins in love, and does great things.”

The Greeks and the Romans believed an aquamarine could aid in a safe passage across the seas. Perhaps this is why they considered aquamarine the most appropriate gift in the morning after the marriage consummation. In Medieval times aquamarine was used to rekindle married couples’ love and render soldiers invincible. The same people believe that bathing will kill you.

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