Aquamarine on Muscovite
This Aquamarine specimen on the matrix Muscovite shows several Aquamarine specimens distributed throughtout the piece. The largest Aquamarine piece is ~ 3/4" tall. The bottom of the Muscovite has been sliced so the specimen can sit flat without a stand.
Measurements: 4-1/2" Wide x 3-1/2" Deep x 1-3/4" Deep,
Largest Aquamarine Crystal: 3/4" Tall
Aquamarine is a light blue variety of beryl with hints of green. The blue color comes from the presence of ferrous iron, and without it or another impurity, beryl would be clear. Other noteworthy types of beryl include emerald, heliodor, and morganite. The name Aquamarine translates as you might expect, "aqua marina" meaning "water of the sea" in Latin. It is a highly sought-after mineral that is most often cut and faceted to use as a gemstone in jewelry.