Is it an Aquamarine or Aqua Aura crystal? Avoid this common mistake! These two different crystals can be confused or misidentified. Learn how to identify which is which.
I have been on Pinterest for quite a few of years now and love the crystal community that is growing there. When I search ‘Aquamarine Crystal’ there are two photos that come up at the top of the search which actually show Aqua Aura Quartz crystals. They are labeled as Aquamarine with details about this stone. What is worrying is that they have been shared a total of 23000 times!
That’s 23000 people who thought Aqua Aura was Aquamarine… Although it is just a mistake the problem is thousands of people are going to learn from these incorrect photo examples.
Why These Two Crystals Get Confused
The confusion seems to stem from the name as both have ‘Aqua’ in them and both crystals have a blue green colour. Although lower grade Aquamarine stones look nothing like Aqua Aura, the clear blue green gem quality crystals can look pretty similar. Let’s look at these two minerals in more detail:
What Exactly is Aquamarine?
Aquamarine is a natural stone which comes in two colours. A sea green and a blue variety. It is Beryllium Aluminium Silicate and grows as hexagonal crystals. Its hardness is 7.5.
What Exactly is Aqua Aura?
Aqua Aura is a natural crystal which has been enhanced. It is mostly made from Quartz Crystal (Silicon Dioxide) which is bonded with precious metals such as Gold creating a clear blue green colour coating. Quartz grows also grows into hexagonal crystals. Its hardness is 7.
Avoid This Common Mistake!
So you can see these are actually very different crystals. I hope I did not blind you with the science but it will help as I explain the differences in formations.
What I see a lot of in groups and forums is many people try to identify crystals only by their colour.
This is not a very accurate way to identify stones! The formations are often your best way to spot the difference. Try to use a combination of colour and natural crystal formations if possible to identify crystals yourself. Now let me show you how to tell if it is an Aquamarine or Aqua Aura crystal:
How To Identify Aquamarine:
• Crystals grow six sided with flat top terminations
• There is no metallic sheen on the surface
• There are no rainbow colours on the surface
• The colour runs all the way through the crystal
• Crystals often have pearly white minerals attached
• Crystals can have black Tourmaline attached
• Rarely sold as Clusters and would be very expensive
• Can be misty, milky or opaque
• Comes in many shades of pale green to deep blue
• High clarity blue crystals are more expensive
• Has been mined for hundreds of years
How To Identify Aqua Aura Quartz:
• Crystals are commonly six sided with pointed terminations
• They have a bright metallic sheen on the surface
• Have rainbow colour on parts of the surface
• The blue colour is only on the surface, they are clear inside
• Crystals do not have other minerals attached
• Commonly sold as Crystal Points or Clusters
• Has a high clarity even as a Tumble Stone
• Always has a teal or ice blue colour
• Has only been available since the 1980’s
Are there any crystals that you struggle to identify or that get misidentified online? I would love to hear from you in the comments below (Please keep any questions you have on topic if you want a response).
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