This Amazing Aquamarine…

I hope everyone had a blessed holiday season. I wish you prosperity and good health for the new year.

I mentioned in a previous post that I have the privilege of touring the gem and mineral collection at the Smithsonian recently. This year I plan to share that experience with you by showing you some of the most amazing things I saw. Most of these treasures were back in the vault rather than out on display, so it was a blessing to be able to see them. Many will be on display soon.

This amazing aquamarine from Minas Gerais, Brazil is oval step cut. It weighs a whopping 310.04 carats. Aquamarine is from the gem species, Beryl, which is the same species as emerald.

Author: Michelle M. Rahm is a GIA-trained Graduate Gemologist and is President of Colorado’s Mile High Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association. She has been selling gemstones and jewelry online since 1997. Visit her websites and

About mrahm

Michelle holds a Graduate Gemologist Diploma, Graduate Diamonds Diploma and Graduate Colored Stones Diploma through the Gemological Institute of America's distance education program. Michelle currently serves as President of the Mile High GIA Alumni Association. She also serves on the board of the Rocky Mountain Jeweler's Association and is a member of the American Gem Trade Association.
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