Feature
Gems & Gemology, Fall 2009, Volume 45, No. 3

Aquamarine from the Masino-Bregaglia Massif, Central Alps, Italy

Peer Reviewed Article
Rosangela Bocchio, Ilaria Adamo, and Franca Caucia
×
How to cite this page
Aquamarine from the Masino-Bregaglia Massif, Central Alps, Italy
Aquamarine from granitic pegmatites of the Masino-Bregaglia Massif, Central Alps, Italy, is investigated by classical gemological methods, LA-ICP-MS chemical analyses, and UV-Vis-NIR and mid-IR spectroscopy. This beryl has typical gemological properties for aquamarine, including iron absorption features, and is characterized by a low alkali content and both types I and II water molecules. Although so far only a small amount of this aquamarine has been polished into gems, it represents an attractive gem material of potential economic interest.

You Might Also Like

Find a Retailer
learn more
Shop the Campus Store
Learn More
Quality Assurance Benchmarks
Learn More
Summer 2017 Gems & Gemology
G&G Summer 2017 Edition
Learn more