Gemstones Buyers Guide
Aquamarine is a dichroic gemstone which means it appears blue or colourless depending on what angle it is at viewed when rotated. The best gemstone quality can be seen in hexagonal crystals, which are typically found in Brazil and locally called 'cascalho'. All aquamarine has been heat treated to enhance its sky or dark blue colours. The word aquamarine means sea water and is believed to represent those who are understanding and happy.
Moh hardness: 7.5 (1 softest to 10 hardest)
Aquamarine is a durable gemstone however it will need special care to keep it looking as good as the day you bought it. Aquamarine should be stored in a soft pouch or jewellery box to prevent scratching. Soap and liquid cleaners should be avoided as these may cause the stone to become dull. Harsh detergents or chemicals such as bleach or chlorine could cause erosion of the stone. To clean aquamarine rinse thoroughly with water and dry with a soft jewellery cloth.