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Is it an Aquamarine or an Aqua Aura Crystal?

Is it an Aquamarine or an Aqua Aura Crystal?

Is it an Aquamarine or an Aqua Aura Crystal?

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.


Is it an Aquamarine Crystal or Aqua Aura?

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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 if it Is an Aquamarine 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 an Aqua Aura Quartz Crystal


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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13 thoughts on “Is it an Aquamarine or an Aqua Aura Crystal?

  1. crystal

    awesome job and so needed! i have studied crystals for about the same amount of time as you have and have been around them for many more years just enjoying (and learning). one thing i see today is everyone is an “expert” and not only id by color but also by “i have”s; such as i have a stone just like that and bought it as…” to me the biggest problem seems to be they buy from an ignorant or dishonest seller who misnames a stone then they swear that seller is correct without once doing any research at all so they buy a labradorite stone that is actually an agate but swear they trust their seller therefore it is what they bought it as.

    i would love to see more articles like this one. maybe you can do a few more on stones like bloodstone (heliotrope) vs any ole stone with red spots, amazonite vs chinese amazonite (which is not even a feldspar), tiger iron (i have seen some gorgeous banded stones without any tiger eye in them named this (beautiful but not tiger iron) and unikite (epidote and pink feldspar) as a name being given to just about anything green with or without any warm colored mineral mixed in – i could go on and on but this would be a good start – if you want to carry on with this.

    thanks for teaching the people what they have <3

  2. DannyOgolo

    I am interested in buying Aqua Aura crystal in taobao china. But when i search and translate with chrome, I mostly get Aquamarine.
    Can you give me the chinese name for Aqua Aura?

  3. Martine

    I recently bought what was supposed to be aqua aura but it is still clear with a gold sheen visible on one side. Is it something else. Any info much appreciated, thanks

  4. Josh

    I found these gems stones in a gravel bed near the pear river in lousiana. Basically naturally tumbled. Found 5 different hues of blue. Love some help identifying? I can send pics

  5. Cherry

    I feel it should be noted here that Aquamarine crystals can, in rare cases, be terminated. I have a tiny one, so I do speak from personal experience.

    Love and Light.

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