This sample of an aquamarine crystal shows why it is admired for its beauty. Do you see the light being shown through it? - Photo by Valerie Power/GIA, courtesy Fine Minerals International - Daniel Trinchillo
Rough aquamarine is often a beautiful six-sided crystal. - Photo by Valerie Power/GIA, courtesy Kunar Gemstones
These rough and cut gems are from Vietnam. This country has a nice supply of clear rough aquamarine for cutting and polishing into many shapes and sizes. - Photo by Robert Weldon/GIA
Cut and Polished
This cut and polished aquamarine has no eye-visible inclusions. This is typical for aquamarine. - Photo by Eric Welch/GIA, courtesy Dudley Blauwet Gems, Louisville
This very greenish aquamarine cabochon has enough parallel inclusions to display a cat’s-eye.
Aquamarine can be cut in a variety of typical shapes. Do you think the rough aquamarine is as beautiful as the polished gems? - Photo by Robert Weldon/GIA
Aquamarine’s clarity, brightness, and relaxing blue color make it wonderful to carve. This is a designer-cut gem created by a well-known gem artist, Bernd Munsteiner. This gem is about the size of a plum. - Photo by Robert Weldon/GIA
Carvings are popular for translucent to opaque aquamarine. Translucent objects cannot be seen through very clearly and opaque objects cannot be seen through at all. Do you think the aquamarine in this skull carving is translucent or opaque? - Photo by Eric Welch/GIA, courtesy Neoart Peru
Largest Cut Aquamarine
This is an aquamarine obelisk [ah-buh-lisk] called the Dom Pedro, by gem artist Bernd Munsteiner. It is the largest cut aquamarine in the world. Obelisk is the term for the shape of this aquamarine. - Photo courtesy Eric Welch
People who cut gems are using original and creative ways to make aquamarine colors really stand out. - Photo by Lydia Dyer, gem courtesy of John Dyer & Co.
Aquamarine is great material for creating artwork like this skillfully carved piece. It is about the size of an almond. - Photo by Lydia Dyer, gem courtesy of John Dyer & Co.
Aquamarine from Brazil
See a coin leaning against a large rough aquamarine, and see the different shades of color in polished aquamarine gems.