Aquamarine Gemstones

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Aquamarine Gemstones

Are you a lover of all things sea related? Is someone you know constantly daydreaming about the ocean? Do you or a loved one prefer nature inspired jewelry? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have the perfect gemstone for you. Derived from the Latin word for seawater, aquamarine is a beautiful blue gemstone. Breathtaking sea-blue colors range from pale light blue to medium-dark blue. Some aquamarines are near colorless while others have a stronger, more vivid blue color. The most desirable shade of aquamarine is a moderately strong dark blue to slightly greenish blue. However, lighter colors are more commonly seen since they are more affordable. Aquamarine has a very vitreous appearance, making this gemstone an exceptionally popular choice for rings, earrings, necklaces, and other jewelry forms. It is also very durable, ranking 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Most cut aquamarines are eye-clean with very few flaws or inclusions. This makes aquamarine a great stone for fancy shaped jewelry and for those who desire numerous facets so the gemstone will really sparkle. Depending on the cut, aquamarines can exhibit two beautiful and unique reflections of light- like the sun’s reflection off the surface of a gorgeous, calm sea.

  • Chatoyancy- also referred to as the cat’s eye effect, this occurs when dense inclusions of tiny, parallel, slender fibers cause a line of light to go through the gemstone, like the slit appearance of a cat’s eye.
  • Asterism- this effect reflects a star-like formation of concentrated light which moves around when rotated. Asterism is also caused by dense inclusions of tiny, parallel, slender fibers which cause light to reflect in such an interesting manner. Depending on the size and facets of the aquamarine, asterism displayed may be four, six, and sometimes twelve rayed “stars.”
Aquamarine is the birthstone of the month of March. According to legend, aquamarine originated in the treasure chest of mermaids, further establishing its association with the ocean. Beautiful aquamarine gemstones create a mesmerizing touch of sea-inspired beauty. Aquamarine is considered an “all purpose” healing stone that has therapeutic value. It is said to calm nervous tension and increase inner tranquility. Aquamarine makes a thoughtful gift for a loved one, bringing about an aura of peace all while glistening like the beautiful surface of the ocean.
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