Aquamarine – Natural Healers use Aquamarine to increase courage and provide protection. .

Aquamarine is a translucent to transparent pale blue to pale green, but most commonly, pale, icy blue. The aquamarine is a semiprecious stone of the Beryl family, making it similar to Emeralds. Deep Green Beryl is Emerald, Pink Beryl is called Morganite and Yellow Beryl is called Heliodore. Because of its pale blue-green color it has been associated with water since ancient times. Its name is derived from the Latin for “water” and “sea,” and so is thought to watch over sailors and ships. Said to enhance rational thought and intelligence and make people insightful in business matters. Aquamarine beads have been found in ancient Egyptian mummy pits, and the Romans were the first to record uses for aquamarine gemstones as a healing agent.
Aquamarine is a stone of courage. Some of its healing properties are used for calming energies reducing stress and silent the mind. Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people. It can invoke tolerance of others and overcomes judgmentalism, while giving support to those overwhelmed by responsibility. It’s also assumed to clarify perception, sharpen the intellect and clears confusion. It’s useful for closure on all levels, promotes self-expression, soothes fears, increases sensitivity, sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance. Aquamarine is wonderful for meditation. It shields the aura and aligns the chakras. This member of the Beryl family also discourages miscarriage by being very protective during pregnancy, and it helps guard both mother and baby from harm. Modern crystal healers also use aquamarine to deal with glandular disorders and as an aid in maintaining healthy eyes. By wearing this semi precious gem as a necklace is essential for sore throats, swollen glands and thyroid problems. It regulates hormones, growth, boosts the immune system, and alleviates overreactions such as hay fever or allergies. Aquamarine counteracts short-or long-sightedness.

Scientific Properties of Aquamarine is composed of Beryllium Aluminum Silicate (Beryl) Aquamarine Identified by its hardness and distinct hexagonal crystals (6 sided crystals), Aquamarine is found in pegmatite–igneous rocks which cooled slowly, allowing large crystals to form. Aquamarines are mined in a number of exotic places including Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique, but most of the gemstones available today come from Brazil and Mozambique.

With a hardness of 7.5 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale, aquamarine is a durable gem perfect for everyday wear.

Aquamarine is commonly pastel but the darker the color, the more expensive it is. Connoisseurs also prefer a pure blue, with no green or gray in it. If you prefer a greenish tint, you will find that these stones are less expensive. Greenish aquamarine is often heated to remove the yellow component of the color. Buyer Beware! Heat treating the gem can boost the blueness, though it will defeat the mystical effects of the stone. Synthetic aquamarines are generally spinels (white sapphires) treated with cobalt to develop the blueness.
This elegant gemstone is the birthstone for March. Its icy blue color is a flattering complement to a wide range of skin tones, making this gem a timeless classic of the gem world.

Preferred Gemstones has been cutting gemstones since 2006 and has been a fan of unique design in brilliantly faceted Loose Gemstones. This article is the opinion of the writer only.

Tourmaline – Durable gemstone that has gained tremendous popularity.

A somewhat new gem, tourmaline gets its name from the Singhalese, turamali, which means colored stone. It wasn’t discovered until the early 1700’s. Tourmaline comes in a range of beautiful and vivid colors, and is a durable gemstone that has gained amazing popularity (with soaring costs) over the last 20 years. Legends say tourmaline inspires artistic expression and enhances your intuition. Certainly this gem’s varied palette inspires designers to create jewelry to accommodate every mood.
Tourmaline offers an appealing rainbow of options for your jewelry wardrobe. Cranberry red, hot magenta, bubblegum pink, peach and orange, canary yellow, mint, grass and forest green, ocean blue, violet, and even bicolor pink and green stones.

The most expensive colors of tourmaline are the scarce electric blues and greens identified in Paraiba, Brazil in 1989. Such gems can retail tens of thousands of dollars per carat. Blue indicolite, red rubellite, and green chrome tourmaline are also coveted and fine-quality material is hard to find and highly valuable.
Pink and mint green tourmaline, however, is widely feasible and more affordable, with prices in the hundreds of dollars per carat. Pink is thought to bring love and friendship and thought to be a stone with feminine energy. The greens is known as the Brazilian emeralds. This green stone is thought to bring money and stimulate creative abilities and to bring masculine energy. As for Natural Healers, it’s an important gemstone for healing and to help with indigestion.

In addition to oddly varied beauty, tourmaline has unusual electrical properties. Crystals acquire a polarized electrical charge when heated or compressed. This property has also made tourmaline the latest miracle ingredient in moisturizers. Manufacturers claim the gem helps pull pollutants from your skin. All but every color of tourmaline can be found in Brazil, especially in Minas Gerais and Bahia. In addition to Brazil, tourmaline is also mined in Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and California and Maine in the United States.

Because they develop in thin pencil-like crystals, tourmalines are most often faceted into long rectangular shapes known as emerald cuts. The sizable diameter crystals can be cut on the C axis (looking through it longways) if it’s not closed or to dark.

The pink colors of tourmaline can be enhanced with exposure to radiation and some blues and greens improve with heat but the results are stable and undetectable, so no one knows how common these practices are. Red tourmaline, which is often very included, can sometimes have surface-reaching fissures filled with resin to make them less visible.
Tourmaline is durable and suitable for everyday wear. Clean with mild dish soap and a toothbrush.

Preferred Gemstones has been cutting gemstones since 2006 and has been a fan of unique design in brilliantly faceted Loose Gemstones. This article is the opinion of the writer only.