Aquamarine: The name is derived from the Latin expression for seawater. Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family and is known for its delicate blue or blue green coloring, which accounts for its name. Aquamarine is a popular stone with very good hardness and luster. Like seawater, aquamarine comes in blue and green blue color. The more saturated the color, the higher the value, though almost all aquamarine has a light tone.
The leading producer of aquamarine is Brazil, with many mines spread throughout the country. Other deposits found in Australia, Myanmar (Burma), China, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe, as well as in several U.S. locations.
Folklore and Legend
Since early times, aquamarine has been believed to endow the wearer with foresight, courage, and happiness. It is said to increase intelligence and make one youthful. A legend says that sailors wore aquamarine gemstones to keep them safe and prevent seasickness.