The word aquamarine is derived from the latin expression aqua marina and means translated ‘sea water’. It associates the blue colour of the mineral. The aquamarine is a variety of the silicate mineral beryl and achieves its blue shades due to the divalent or trivalent ferric ions, it crystallises in a hexagonal form and demonstrates a hardness of 7,5 to 8.
In our lapidary we process all its colour shades from almost colourless until the highly demanded deep-blue of the aquamarine ‘Santa Maria Africana’ as well as its synonyms Morganite (rose), Heliodor (yellow-green) and Golden beryl (yellow).
The most well-known discovery locations for the aquamarine are territories in Brazil: Minas Gerais, Bahia and Espirito Santo. Other discovery occurrences are in Madagascar, Namibia, Kenya and Nigeria.