Chemical Makeup: Be3Al2Si6O18
With a hallmark pale blue green hue, aquamarine was believed to be made from mermaid tears in folklore, long associated with the ocean and carried by seafaring peoples. Superstitious sailors wore aquamarine as a protection against enemies and litigation, as well as an intellectual edge.
It is a prized gem partially because of how clear it can grow, which is why large cuts of aquamarine can be found quite frequently all over the world. Some notable deposits can be found in Brazil, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
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