Aquamarine was found together with other Beryls at the ancient Ethiopian mines. But the exact location of these mines is unknown as of yet. According to the modern sources, Aquamarine came in Europe from South America. However, the ancient treatises tell us that the birthplace of this semi-precious stone is Upper Egypt, near the coast of the Red Sea and south of Kosseir.
If we consider the genuine Aquamarine, it’s worth close to the natural Ruby. Moreover, some specimens of this gemstone sometimes worth as much as Diamond due to their immense size. The authors prove this fact by the following example. Most of the largest ancient Emerals were, in fact, Aquamarines. One specimen of 1350 karats belonged to the Duke of Devonshire. Another distinguished crystal belonged to Russian Tzar. This specimen had ten inches in size. Now it stores at the Diamond Fund of Russian Federation.
Unique properties of Aquamarine
Regarding its uniqueness, Aquamarine could be equal to a precious stone, since this gemstone has unique geological features. It frequently meets in mica schists and similar rocks. Furthermore, Aquamarine alike Emerald and other Beryls never found in gem valves like other gemstones. The most remarkable feature of Aquamarine is that the color of this gemstone uniformly distributed through its body. This phenomenon is very well visible in the dichroscope and other modern devices. By the way, this is the method to differ Aquamarine from any fake or imitation.
Aquamarine found in India, Russia (in Siberia), Brazil and also in many locations in the United States. It is not a rare gemstone. As a rule, the specimens suitable for cutting are widespread. Therefore, today Aquamarine worth much less than Emerald. Big crystals of the Aquamarine frequently meet in nature. Thus, they get in many museums, cabinets, and collections.