|AQUAMARINE (BERYL) MINERAL FACTS|
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Aquamarine (Beryl) Mineral Facts:
Chemical Formula: Be2Al22(SiO3)6 A trace of water is included.
Colors: Aquamarine is the Blue to blue-green variety of this gemstone. It is colored by ferrous iron. Beryl can be colorless or of some light shade of green, red, or blue. Its streak is white.
7.5 to 8.0
Density: 2.6 to 2.8
Cleavage: Beryl's cleavage is very imperfect but there is frequently a parting parallel to the base.
Luster:. Beryl has a glassy luster. It is transparent or translucent. Aquamarine is the name given to the pale greenish blue transparent stone. Used as a gem or as a collectors stone.
w= 1.5740, e= 1.5690
Uses. The impure varieties are used
as an important ore of the Space-age metal Beryllium. The transparent
varieties are utilized as gems, under the following names:
Identification and Diagnostics
Localities and Origins (For Aquamarine):
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Aquamarine Crystal, Brazil
For More information about Aquamarine as a gem, see: AQUAMARINE - The Gem of the Sea
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