Emerald is the most sought-after precious stone and even has a major jewelry retailer named after it called Colombian Emeralds International. Aquamarine on the other hand is not considered a precious stone yet it is equally sought-after for its tranquil looking hue along with its clarity and size availability. Both these beryl gemstones look much better in white gold compared to the yellow gold mountings they used to be set in during the 1980s and 1990s. Women looking for jewelry with these two gemstones prefer white gold nowadays.
White gold or any white metal like sterling silver or palladium is more flattering to the preferred bluish green hue of fine quality emerald and the more light sea foam blue of fine quality aquamarine. In yellow gold both these hues tend not to be well rendered to the eye. The bold green in emerald takes on a yellowish cast when set in yellow gold and the soft pastel sea blue of aquamarine takes a back seat to the bold yellow in either the 14 karat or 18 karat versions. With a white metal backdrop both these gemstone colors come across with no distractions and in their purest hue. This is especially of concern when investing in a high quality emerald costing upwards of $3000 per carat or a high quality aquamarine costing upwards of $300 per carat.
This is important for women purchasing an emerald engagement ring or an aquamarine engagement ring in lieu of the traditional diamond engagement ring. They always want to invest in the best color when it comes to the center stone for such an important piece of jewelry and the best way to preserve this investment is by setting it in a white metal that takes nothing away from the color.
Both these gemstones look great with accent diamonds in the setting and there is no better metal to set white diamonds in than white gold or any other white metal. There are many mounting styles available that incorporate accent diamonds in many setting types like pave, channel and prong.
Pave diamond settings are usually preferred when choosing a mounting for an important aquamarine gemstone. Most women want to preserve the theme of delicacy when it comes to these gemstones since they are usually selected in five carat and greater sizes. Pave diamonds are great for creating that delicate look out of an otherwise bulky looking aquamarine ring by utilizing narrow channels of small half-point diamonds in open metal work like you would commonly see in a split shank mounting.
Emerald and diamond rings on the other hand can incorporate many different styles of accent diamond settings including channel, flush and bezel in addition to the settings used for aquamarine. This is because fine quality emerald is typically purchased in sizes under three to four carats. These gemstones can get costly very quickly as you go up in clarity grade and color grade. Nevertheless both of these varieties of beryl have become popular center stone choices for a variety of diamond ring styles.
Beryl is a beryllium aluminum silicate mineral most often found in granites and granite pegmatites. It can also be found in metamorphic rocks or in the veins and cavities of limestones and marbles. Beryl is the pimary ore of beryllium. Gem quality beryls with a specific deep green color are sold under the name “emerald”. Different shades of green are known as “aquamarine” . Other gem quality beryls include: heliodore (yellow), morganite (pink) and goshenite (white).
Beryl most believe is unknown to the general public, as it is each color beryl that seems to be more easily recognized (Emerald, Aquamarine and Morganite to name a few). It is however one of the most important gem minerals. Beryls is colorless in pure form, it is the various impurities that give beryl is varied coloration. Without these marvelous color variations, beryl would be a rather ordinary gemstone with only average fire and brilliance.
Emerald is highly prized and is one of the most valued gemstones, its green color is peerless and most all other green gemstones are compared to the emerald with regards to its intensity.
Aquamarine is also a popular gem although it does not command nearly as high a price as its green cousin. Uncut aquamarines are plentiful but relatively expensive, as would be expected of crystalline gemstone. Large crystals of aquamarine are available on the open market and represent perhaps the largest raw gemstone.
Legend tells us that Greek physicians would treat bladder ailments and kidney stones by dipping beryl into water and then giving the water to the patient to drink. It was a stone widely known for healing and divination in ancient societies.
An old tradition states that wearing beryl will make a lazy person more industrious and one slow of wits much smarter.
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According to ancient magical direction, scrying with beryl should only be practiced during the Waxing Moon for the most potent results. Due to its strong lunar energy associations, beryl can be worn or placed on the altar during Full Moon rituals.
When you have lost something, if you hold a beryl in your hand and visualize the object, still your mind, and allow your psychic impressions to work, it shall reveal the whereabouts of the lost object.
Pure Beryl is colorless; traces of different impurities are responsible for the color diversity and varieties. The list below describes each color variety, and most have a link for more specific gemstone information for that variety:
- Emerald, the green variety, is the most popular green gemstone and is one of the most valuable gems.
- Aquamarine, the blue to blue-green variety, is the most popular light-blue gemstone.
- Morganite, the pink to light-purple variety, named after the banker J.P. Morgan.
- Heliodor is yellow to greenish-yellow variety. It can also include light green, orange, and brown Beryl.
- Golden Beryl has a golden yellow to orange-yellow color. The terms Heliodor and Golden Beryl are often interchangeable.
- Goshenite is the white to colorless variety of Beryl.
- Red Beryl, also known as Bixbite, is a rare, deep red variety found only two localities in Utah.
- Pezzottaite, also known as Raspberry Beryl, is a newly identified gemstone that was originally thought to be Beryl but has been scientifically distinguished as a separate mineral species. It occurs in a raspberry-red color, and its physical properties are almost identical to Beryl.