Aquamarine Mining in the U.S.
Although Arizona is not home to any mines for aquamarine, there are mines located in some eastern states including Connecticut, North Carolina, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Colorado. Aquamarine was even recognized as the official state gemstone in 19721. Even though aquamarine mines can be found in the United States, they are primarily mined out of the country. Brazil, Nigeria, Madagascar, Pakistan, Mozambique, India, and Russia are all home to aquamarine deposits, but it is said that the best aquamarine can be found in Brazil2.
Brief Aquamarine Background
The name aquamarine comes from the Latin words “aqua”, which means "water", and “marina”, which means the sea. This describes the color of the stone that resembles a gorgeous tone of seawater. It was believed that this gemstone could protect sailors and guarantee safe voyage on the open seas. It was often used in creating amulets for those early voyagers2!
What to Look For When Choosing Aquamarine Jewelry
Aquamarines are generally considered a more durable gemstone based on hardness ratings. This means that they are more practical for everyday wear than some of the more delicate stones. Unlike diamonds a flawless aquamarine is easier to come by. Aquamarines with interior occlusions prove to be more durable for everyday wear than those with surface occlusions. Although the most valued color is a vivid aqua tone this gemstone has a wide range of colors that will fit any preference.
Color of an Aquamarine: Greenish-blue in color ranging from nearly colorless whitish blue to rich teal. The most valued is a vivid blue aqua tone.
Determining Quality: Aquamarines follow the 4C’s: color, cut, clarity and carat weight
Birthstone Month: March
Associated with: A calming effect which allows the wearer to remain level headed and settle a fiery temper
Official State Gemstone: Colorado
Wedding Anniversary Year: Gemstone of choice for 19th year
Did you know that March actually has a second birthstone? It is a “dark-green jasper flecked” stone with “vivid spots of iron oxide” called the bloodstone. Learn more about it at the American Gem Society.
1. "colorado state gemstone". State Symbols USA, 2014. Web. Retrieved 25 Feb. 2014
2. “March Birthstones". American Gem Society. Web. Retrieved January 22nd, 2014, from