Spilled out of a mermaid's treasure chest and washed to shore??! I like to think of Aquamarine as the mariner's stone. If ever there was a gemstone for the sea, it is Aquamarine. Clear sparkling blues, greens and many shades in between. This gemstone's name was derived from the Latin words "Aqua Marinus" meaning "Water of the sea".
Like Emerald, Morganite and Heliodor Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl family. It comes in many sea like shades of blue and greenish blue; from sparkling light blues to deep blues and greenish blues. The most populous colours of Aquamarine are light greenish blue and the purer the blue ( with no hint of green) the more valuable an aquamarine is. When buying an aquamarine it is worth noting that the bigger an aquamarine is, the deeper its colour is and the clearer it is without inclusions the more valuable it is. Deep colour, large size and clarity combine to drive up the price. Happily though they are generally affordable and one can often balance depth of colour, clarity and size to strike a perfect balance.
Aquamarine from North Central Zimbabwe : Rough and polished
With a hardness of 7.5 -8 on Moh's scale, Aquamarines are hardy enough for daily wear. Aquamarine grows in large, six-sided crystals that can be up to 30cm long! This means it is a good gemstone to be cut and polished in larger carats for bold statement jewellery pieces. It is also relatively low maintenance, you can clean your aquamarine in warm water with sunlight liquid and a toothbrush.
We use Aquamarine in mostly custom made pieces. It is a gemstone that expresses itself well on light and dark skin tones. Its sparkling colours make a subtle light addition to many an outfit.
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