Aquamarine 9 x 7 mm Oval Cut Santa Maria Africana Gem Weighs 1.75 Cts-GREAT COLOR & Clarity-Intense Sparkle-AAA Material-March Birthstone

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This particular material is known as "Santa Maria Africana" aquamarine. It was named after the aquamarine that comes out of certain mines in Brazil known for producing the world's finest material. That particular material is called Santa Maria aquamarine and is becoming harder to obtain as the mines are starting to run dry.
Because the gemstone material mined in Mozambique has so many of the same characteristics such as high clarity and nice color saturation, it was named "Santa Maria Africana" aquamarine and is second only to the very expensive and rapidly vanishing Brazilian variety.

Most aquamarine tends to have some inclusions (it is in the beryl family along with emerald, morganite, heliodor, bixbite, goshenite). The entire beryl family of gemstones are known to have inclusions especially emerald and although aquamarine still contains inclusions, this particular material is very low in inclusions. It is what we call in the gemstone trade, "eye clean" meaning there are very few inclusions but they can only be seen with a jeweler's loupe or microscope.

This beautiful gemstone measures 9 x 7 mm and weighs 1.75 carats. This is a very nice size aquamarine which would make a great ring, pendant or other form of jewelry.

As you may well know, aquamarine is the birthstone for March. If you are a March baby or know someone that is and are looking for a nice gift, why not pick up this gorgeous gemstone at an incredibly low price. You can give it as is, or have it mounted and set into jewelry. Typically, SMA aquamarine of this quality and cut retails for $50-$300 per carat and as the size of the individual gemstone rises, the price per carat rises tremendously.

You may see some areas of red in the photos of the gemstone I have included. These are simply photographic artifacts and are due to the reflection of my camera which happens to be red and the reflection of the background color through the facets of the gemstone. They are not part of the actual gemstone. The photos really do not do justice to the true beauty of this gemstone. It REALLY DOES look much better in person.

The only treatment on this gemstone material is the industry accepted practice of heating which is done to get rid of the greenish hue that ALL natural aquamarine possesses. This leaves only the blue hue that aquamarine nowadays is known for. Before the turn of the 20th century, all aquamarine had a greenish-blue color to it. That is why if you see antique jewelry, the aquamarine looks a bit different. Back then, they were not aware of the process of "heating out" the unwanted greenish hue. Most people assume that the age of the stone is the reason why antique aquamarine jewelry has a different color and that is just not the case.

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All items purchased from my shop carry a 30 day warranty. Any item found to be damaged within 30 days of original receipt date will either be replaced (if possible) or a refund given for the full purchase price including shipping costs.
PLEASE NOTE: Items that are deemed to be damaged by improper handling or cleaning on the part of the purchaser are not covered under this warranty.
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