Often seen as the gemstone of mermaids, due to its sea-like hue, aquamarine actually comes from deep within the earth, just like other gemstones. Aquamarine is a mineral of the beryl family, which makes it a cousin of the emerald. Some shades even hold a green tint, giving it a teal color. however, a deep blue is the most desired shade so these green tinted stones are often heat-treated to remove the green hues. But, if you appreciate the teal-colored stones, you can find an aquamarine bracelet in just the shade you desire.
The most desirable and largest supply of these gems come Brazil, known for the deep sea blue color it produces. There are also mines located in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Tanzania, Madagascar and Zambia. the oldest mines are in Madagascar, but when the Brazilian mines were found the Madagascar mines became less important. People appreciated the intensity of color from Brazil over all others. a large deep blue Brazilian aquamarine and diamond ring would be a valuable piece of jewelry and the envy of all your friends.
Birthstone for March
Every month gets a gemstone dedicated to it. For March, it is the refreshing blue aquamarine. If you are shopping for a birthstone gift in March, aquamarine ring choices will be abundant, with a variety of hues and cuts.
Wearing an aquamarine and diamond ring for a wedding ring is also a beautiful choice filled with intriguing lore. the stone is said to ensure a successful marriage, bringing happiness, especially to the bride. During medieval times, the stone was believed also to have the power to rekindle lost marital love, making it a popular gift for the 16th and 19th wedding anniversaries.
Like all gemstones, this sea-colored stone has a history of mystical powers and lore attached to it. Some of the magical powers it has been believed to possess are intuition and psychic abilities. It has been said it can cure insomnia, the hiccups and bring everlasting youth to the wearer. These youth-bringing powers are probably attributed to the stone’s close association with water and the ocean’s life-giving properties.
The name aquamarine is Latin for sea water. the stone was believed to bring luck to sailors, protecting them from rough waters and seasickness. perhaps the sailors of the past wore them as amulets around their necks, or their loves may have sewn bracelets made from the stones into their clothing to keep them safe.
Cleaning and Care
Though this gem is related to the emerald, it is easier to care for. Emeralds are rife with inclusions, but the aquamarine is not. This makes it more durable and less likely to chip or crack. On the Mohs scale of harness, it ranks an 8 which is quite hard. Despite its durability, harsh chemicals and ultrasonic cleaners are not recommended. All you need to do is soak them in warm soapy water and then wipe them with a cloth.
Often cut in the traditional ways, these stones are also popular among cutters for designer pieces using unconventional shapes and sizes. These give the gemstone a more modern and fashionable look. Uniquely cut stones can be classic and contemporary at the same time.