Aquamarine is a fascinatingly beautiful gemstone. Women the world over love it for its fine blue shades which can complement almost any skin or eye colour, and creative gemstone designers are inspired by it as they are by hardly any other gem, which enables them to create new artistic cuts again and again.
Its light blue arouses feelings of sympathy, trust, harmony and friendship. Good feelings. Feelings which are based on mutuality and which prove their worth in lasting relationships. The blue of aquamarine is a divine, eternal colour, because it is the colour of the sky.
However, aquamarine blue is also the colour of water with its life-giving force. And aquamarine really does seem to have captured the lucid blue of the oceans. No wonder, when you consider that according to the saga it originated in the treasure chest of fabulous mermaids, and has, since ancient times, been regarded as the sailors’ lucky stone. Its name is derived from the Latin ‘aqua’ (water) and ‘mare’ (sea). It is said that its strengths are developed to their best advantage when it is placed in water which is bathed in sunlight. However, it is surely better still to wear aquamarine, since according to the old traditions this promises a happy marriage and is said to bring the woman who wears it joy and wealth into the bargain. An ideal gem, not only for loving and married couples.
Every current jewelry culture has birthstones in their collections. Some are better known than others. For example, for those born in July they get the beautiful ruby as their lucky birthstone and April’s birthstone is the unforgettable diamond. But the one gem that many don’t recognize is aquamarine, March’s birthstone.
Aquamarine means “water of the sea”. It’s often a transparent light blue or blue green gem, and is a member of the beryl family. The colors can range from a very light almost clear tint of blue to the deeper, brighter blue green. It’s considered a semiprecious gem as opposed to the diamond, emerald, sapphire and rubies, which are precious stones. Usually aquamarine is less expensive and easier to find.
Aquamarine jewelry is often heat treated if it is very light in color when it is mined. This gives it a deeper blue color, which in turn, makes the aquamarine jewelry worth more money. The lighter stones, however, are a beautiful substitute for diamonds, especially in jewelry like stud earrings and engagement rings. Aquamarine gems make beautiful necklaces and other jewelry. Pair a gemstone with white gold or silver to complement the cool tones of the gem and the silver. It looks equally as well with the warm tones of gold.
When wearing aquamarine jewelry, put it on last and take it off first. This way makeup and other chemicals such as hairsprays won’t damage the stones. Handle them as little as necessary since the natural oils in your hands can dull the luster over time. Don’t expose the stones to any household chemicals and shampoos or hair dyes and don’t wear while doing yard work to keep from breaking the clasp or the gemstone itself. Keep aquamarines out of sunlight and extreme temperatures.
Wash your stones with mild soap and warm water. Let it soak for less than 10 minutes. Clean the gemstones with a soft cloth. Rinse in clear, warm water and pat dry. Store your aquamarine jewelry in a cool place out of direct sunlight.
Aquamarine is considered a lucky stone, especially in historical times when sailors carried it keep them safe while at sea. It brings peace and calmness to its owner, relieving them of stress and enhancing their intuition. Crystal healers use the stone to balance diseased areas of the body.
Aquamarine is not as delicate as the soft green beryl known as emerald. It is sturdier and has larger carat weights since the crystals are kept fairly large when the stones are mined. It can be found in many areas of the world from United States to Brazil to parts Africa. The largest aquamarine gem ever found was in Brazil, weighing over 110 kg.
Aquamarine may not be the most expensive of the beryl family gems, but it’s still a beautiful stone in any jewelry setting. But no other gem can come close to its soft transparent blue color in a quality stone and it’s unmatched for beauty.
A gemstone with many good qualities
Aquamarine is one of our most popular and best-known gemstones, and distinguishes itself by many good qualities. It is almost as popular as the classics: ruby, sapphire and emerald. In fact it is related to the emerald, both belonging to the beryl family. The colour of aquamarine, however, is usually more even than that of the emerald. Much more often than its famous green cousin, aquamarine is almost entirely free of inclusions. Aquamarine has good hardness (7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale) and a wonderful shine. That hardness makes it very tough and protects it to a large extent from scratches. Iron is the substance which gives aquamarine its colour, a colour which ranges from an almost indiscernible pale blue to a strong sea-blue. The more intense the colour of an aquamarine, the more value is put on it. Some aquamarines have a light, greenish shimmer; that too is a typical feature. However, it is a pure, clear blue that continues to epitomise the aquamarine, because it brings out so well the immaculate transparency and magnificent shine of this gemstone.
here is hardly any other gemstone in modern jewellery design which is refined in such a variety of ways as aquamarine. Whether it is fashioned as a clear, transparent gem in the classical step cut, or creatively cut in a more modern design, it is always fascinatingly beautiful. Uncut too, or with many inclusions which can be brought into play by the designer in the way in which the stone is cut, it can be refined to produce the most beautiful creations. Designers call it their favourite gemstone. Again and again they take the world by surprise with a new, modern artistic cut, and when they are breaking new ground, aquamarine is a gem that they particularly like to work with. Without doubt, these creative designer cuts have contributed to the great popularity of this gem. The lucid colour of aquamarine makes it easy to see inclusions. For this reason, aquamarine should always be of the greatest possible transparency.