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Aquamarine

Named after seawater, aquamarine’s fresh watery hue is a cool plunge into a refreshing pool.

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Emerald Cut

This 3.36-ct. gem is an emerald cut, which is typical for aquamarine.

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Sea Blue

Aquamarine’s most valuable color is a dark blue to slightly greenish blue.

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High Clarity

Like all fine aquamarines, this gem is free of eye-visible inclusions.

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Mineral Specimen

This fine 3x3x7 cm aquamarine mineral specimen is from Balistan, Pakistan

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Columnar Form

The crystal shows aquamarine’s typical six-sided columnar form.

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Pencil Point

A collector might call this crystal a “pencil” due to the faces at its tip.

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Tools

Research

A green-blue specimen was identified as Maxixe-type beryl.
Green-Blue Maxixe-Type Beryl

A transparent greenish blue pear-shaped gemstone, reportedly from Madagascar, is discovered to be a Maxixe-type beryl.

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Five aquamarines cut by Arnoldi International
Multi-Generation Cutting Family from Idar-Oberstein

Alexander Arnoldi explains the strategy of Arnoldi International and provides an update on some new high-quality materials.

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Aquamarine carving by Michael Dyber
Michael Dyber’s Innovative Gem Carving

Michael Dyber discusses his approach to gem carving.

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Map of main aquamarine deposits of northern Pakistan.
Aquamarine from Pakistan

A gemological investigation of the aquamarine that has emerged from northern Pakistan in recent years.

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Faceted quartz egg.
Exhibition Review: Gemstone Carvings: The Masterworks of Harold Van Pelt

A review of Gemstone Carvings: The Masterworks of Harold Van Pelt at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California.

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This aquamarine crystal showed iridescence as it is turned under a moving light source.
Mysterious Iridescence in Aquamarine

A rough aquamarine crystal shows an unexpected phenomenon.

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Multi-colored gems are superimposed on an image of glacier peaks.
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Gems and Minerals from the Subarctic

Circumnavigate the boreal reaches of the globe to explore gems from polar regions.

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Aquamarine with a dramatic secondary growth layer
Unusual Growth Zoning in Beryl

A striking aquamarine specimen showed a strongly saturated secondary growth layer.

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Aquamarine from San Luis Potosí State in northern Mexico
Aquamarine from a New Primary Deposit in Mexico

Examination of aquamarine samples from a new primary deposit in San Luis Potosí, northern Mexico.

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A spaceship-inspired ring of pink gems surrounding a pearl is showcased on a bride’s intricately drawn henna hands.
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Designer’s Inventive, ‘Outrageous’ Jewelry Wins Industry Awards

Emerging artist Trishala Ashok – who has won multiple design awards – looks beyond the mundane and minutiae of daily life to create her jewelry.

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