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Aquamarine

Color: pale blue, light blue-green (or even colorless).

Hardness: 7.5

Sources: Brazil, Russia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia, Nigeria and Burma.

Aquamarine is one of the most desired gemstones in the world. It is similar in composition to Emerald, and belongs to the Beryl group of stones. The stone has got inclusions in one direction in the shape of raindrops. Its name derived from aqua (sea water) since it symbolized for the ancient people the beauty and power of the sea. It is also called “Blue Emerald” or the “Courage Stone”.

In the bible it is called “Tarshish”, one of the Breastplate Stones of the High Priest, identified with the tribe Asher.