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Rio Doce Mine


14622 Hwy 226 S

Spruce Pine NC 28777

 

P.O. Box 296

Little Switzerland, NC 28749

 

828-765-2099

Fax: 765-2097

ejriodoce@att.net

 

Rio Doce Gem Mine is open everyday from Easter through Halloween.


The operating hours are from 9:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M.

 

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Aquamarine

Aquamarine, the "gem of the sea", derives its name from "sea water". The reference is obvious: aqua sparkles like the sea and its color is pale to medium blue, sometimes with a slight hint of green. Aquamarine is the birthstone for March.

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Legends say that it is the treasure of mermaids, with the power to keep sailors safe at sea. Aquamarine is said to be a particularly strong charm when immersed in water (which is a good thing, since that is when sailors need its power most!)

Aquamarine is found in Brazil, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria, and other countries.


Aquamarine is always a pastel blue but the darker the color, the more valued it is. Connoisseurs also prefer a pure blue, with no green in it. If you prefer a greenish tinge, you will find that these stones are less expensive.  Because the color is generally pale, aquamarine should have a good clarity.

These stones are often cut in ovals and emerald cuts. More saturated colors are unusual in small sizes: usually it takes some size for the color to hold in a darker shade.  Aquamarine is a durable and lively gemstone that is appropriate for all jewelry uses. Its pale fire is flattering to most skin tones.