Aquamarine is a variety of the beryl family, usually occurring in shades of deep blues, medium bluish-greens, and nearly colorless sky blue. Experts believed that its color is attributed to the iron compounds present in the stone's structure.
Rich blue aquamarine stones win the admiration of every gem collector due to their beauty and rarity. Some faint blue versions of the stone may be treated by heat to achieve a more brilliant blue. Some buyers prefer a lighter natural shade.
In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers listed aquamarine as the modern birthstone for the month of March. Additionally, it is romantically tied to the 19th wedding anniversary.
Also renowned as a Stone of Courage, aquamarine was strongly favored as a talisman. In crystal lore, it was thought to help reduce anxiety and protect its wearer against evil forces. The gem promotes encouraging thoughts and helps the owner to make positive changes in life.
Aquamarine carries a hardness rating of 7.5-8 in the Mohs scale, a fairly hard stone that suits very well for everyday wear.
Jewelry featuring aquamarine is highly revered in the market today because of its affordability and awesome clarity. The crystal mirrors the seawater, which explains the origin of the term aquamarine from the Latin phrase “aqua marina”.
Aquamarine is popularly fashioned using white or yellow gold to produce an exquisite line of necklaces, rings, bracelets, cufflinks, brooches, pendants and earrings. You can surely find bold and delicate pieces in your choice of vintage or contemporary styling.
Primarily mined in Brazil and Madagascar, aquamarine can also be found in Russia, United States, Pakistan and Zambia.
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