Aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl. It occurs in various shades of green and subtle hues of blue.
Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for March. Being relatively hard means it's quite easy to cut.
It's widely used as a gemstone but most light blue aquamarine has been heat treated.
When used for its metaphysical healing properties aquamarine encourages change. It strengthens intuition, supports decision-making and enhances communication skills.
Aquamarine often occurs as large translucent crystals. Some of the finest material comes from Brazil, Nigeria, Madagascar, Pakistan and Mozambique.