Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems

March: Aquamarine or Bloodstone



Aquamarine is the blue-green gem variety of the mineral beryl. Prized for its beauty and durability, aquamarine is a favorite with crystal and jewelry enthusiasts alike. The finest aquamarine gems currently come from Brazil, Russia, and Pakistan. Within the United States, gem aquamarine has been found in Colorado and Idaho.

Bloodstone is a cryptocrystalline variety of quartz. The name comes from small specks of bright red against a background of deep green. The finest bloodstone has historically come from Russia and India.

Beryl variety Aquamarine brooch
Photo by Harold and Erica van Pelt


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