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Beryl (var. aquamarine)

Rectangular cushion-cut light blue beryl (var. aquamarine) weighing 65.44 ct.
Photo by Ken Larsen. Click to zoom.
Catalog Number NMNH G11505-00
Locality Brazil
Weight 65.44 ct

Gift of David Yurman Enterprises LLC in 2015.

The mineral beryl occurs in many colors. The best known gem varieties are the deep-green emerald and the sea-blue aquamarine. However, beryl is also found in shades of pink (morganite), red, and yellow (heliodor), and in some cases is colorless (goshenite). The variety aquamarine, as the name suggests, exhibits the color of the sea: rich blue to greenish-blue. Deep blue is the most highly prized color. Aquamarine gets its blue hue from impurities of iron. This 65.44ct aquamarine from Brazil is an antique cushion cut faceted by Insu Kang. This flawless gem is a fine deep blue possessing the classic and coveted color and quality of a natural aquamarine.

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