Aquamarine, means literally "sea water" in Latin, and the gem so named is the most common representative of beryl, a group of minerals whose most respected representative is the emerald. What distinguishes aquamarine from the others is the presence of iron in the crystal grid of beryl, but actually, all the representatives of this family are true brothers. The best aquamarines today come from Brazil with the largest specimens, ‘Estrela de Alva’, excavated at a site in Marta Rocha, and the Papamel aquamarine, which was dug up in 1910 at the Batadal mine in Minas Gerais, weighs a record 110 kg. One of the largest ever, near-flawless aquamarine crystals is the Don Pedro aquamarine, found in 1993 in Minas Gerais, and weighing 10,395 carats (24.875 grams)...Read more about aquamarine origin

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