Aquamarine ladies pendant featuring a beautiful polished cabochon. Although translucent this stone is heavily included which is not unusual for this blue variety of the mineral beryl. The vertical line that can be seen just right of centre is a surface reating fissure within the stone and there are several others that can also be seen upon closer inspection. These characteristics should not be confused for cracks. In nature perfection rarely exists and it's often the anomalies and oddities which make each gemstone particularly unique.
Aquamarine is part of the family of minerals known as beryl. Other varieties include emerald, morganite, heliodor and the lesser known goshenite.
Aquamarine can vary from the deepest shades of green to the lightest shades of blue and impurities of iron are the cause of its colour. Few people are aware that the light blue coloured stones which are the most highly sought after have often been heat treated.