Aquamarine is a popular mineral made from Beryl. Beryl occurs commonly all over the world and depending on its attributes and color is called different names. While Aquamarine is known for its beautiful bluish green, hue, Beryl in a deep intense green is called Emerald and when it is yellow or yellow orange it is referred to as Heliodor. Even though Beryl is common mineral it does contain Beryllium a rare element.
For the most part, Aquamarine is generally used for ornamental jewelry. There are usually no industrial uses for this mineral. Aquamarine can be found throughout the world including North America, Russia, South America, India, Madagascar and Africa. Aquamarine was originally worn as a keepsake for sailors traveling the treacherous seas or as a way to keep harmony in the marriage.
Aquamarine is generally used in commercial jewelry today and is very popular in the months of March and October. Aquamarine is the birthstone of March and also considered an optional birthstone in October. You can also find demand for these stones from those that are interested in astrology. Pisces and Scorpios consider Aquamarine their astrological stone.
Because Aquamarine is a hard substance with a Moh’s scale rating of 7.5 to 8.0, it is a good stone to work with for jewelry. You can find many high quality jewelry pieces created with Aquamarine, including rings, earrings, charms, bracelets and brooches.
For those that prefer stones with mystical significance, many couples give this stone to one another to promote harmony, trust and to be faithful to one another.