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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Aquamarine - birth stone for March

the birthstone for March is the aquamarine, linked to mermaids and the sea
It's March! And those of you with a birthday this month probably already know that your birthstone is the beautiful aquamarine.

This is a blue to green-blue variety of precious beryl, the group of minerals that includes emeralds.

But while aquamarine and emerald have essentially the same specific gravity and refractive index, emerald tends to be hazy and full of inclusions, whilst aquamarine has excellent transparency and clarity.
Most aquamarine is a light blue tone: the darker the shade, the more valuable it is.

Ancient meaning 

According to legend, aquamarine originated in the treasure chest of fabulous mermaids, and since ancient times has been regarded as 'the sailor's lucky stone'. Aquamarine gets its name from the Latin term for seawater and has a long tradition of being a stone for those who spend much of their time at sea.

Big finds of aquamarine

The largest find of gemstone quality aquamarine dates back to 1910 when the "Minas Gerais" mine in Marambaya, Brazil, unearthed a stone of 243 lb (110.5 kg), 18 inches (48.5 cm) long and 15.5 inches in diameter, that was cut into many gemstones with a total weight of more than 100,000 carats.

The 'Dom Pedro', weighing 26 kg and cut in Idar-Oberstein, Germany in 1992 by the gemstone designer Bernd Munsteiner, is the largest single piece of aquamarine to have ever been cut.

Buying aquamarine

Aquamarine is moderately priced so it's very affordable for jewellery. Coloured gemstones are bought by size and not by carat weight.

Care of aquamarine

Aquamarine is one of the more durable of gemstones, but it still requires careful handling and care. Avoid wearing aquamarine jewelry when working around harsh chemicals. To prevent scratches, always store aquamarine gemstones separately from other types of gemstone and gemstone jewelry.

Let's go shopping

I like the site Gemporia which has some great aquamarine buys. Prices for aquamarine start at xx up to £500. This Espirito Santo Aquamarine ring with diamond in 9k gold is a good example, currently reduced in price to £185.
Earrings are also reduced at £143.

If uncut stones are more your thing, this necklace from Etsy is just £26.

This AAA 4-4.5mm 6" line aquamarine sky blue faceted rondelle or rondelle gemstone bead necklace is £35 from Etsy. 

Do you have any aquamarine? I have a ring, similar to an eternity ring, which I bought many years ago.  

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1 comment

  1. Love these jewelry pieces, such a beautiful color! Loved the backstory.



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