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Name Origin: The seawater colour of aquamarine has given this gemstone its name as the name "aquamarine" is derived from the Latin word for water of the sea.
Colour: Pale blue to aqua
Family: Beryl (related to Emerald)
Hardness: 7.5 out of 10 on Mohs Scale
Found in: Brazil, Nigeria, Zambia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, Afghanistan
Birth stone: March
Anniversary: 19th

 

 

MARINE GRADE BEAUTY

Of all gemstones, the name Aquamarine undoubtedly gives the most clues to both its colour and connections through history. As its title suggests, this stone enjoys a hue that ranges from pale blue to aqua and is aptly known as gemstone of the sea.

Belonging to the same family as its famous cousin Emerald, the Aquamarine is actually harder and typically features fewer or no inclusions. Brazil mines the largest quantities and most impressive specimens – known for their striking deep aqua blue colour.

Aquamarine has been linked to Neptune – the Roman god of the sea, and was historically worn by superstitious sailors to protect them for the ocean. Thai culture takes it one step further, believing this ‘sea gem’ can ease seasickness and protect the wearer from drowning.

The largest Aquamarine of 110.5kg was mined in 1910 and cut into many stones. The single largest cut stone is the 26kg ‘Dom Pedro’ obelisk. In 1935, Eleanor Roosevelt was gifted a 1,847 carat Aquamarine from the Brazilian government.

 

AS JEWELLERY

Aquamarine’s feminine colour, purity and hardness make it a firm favourite for modern jewellery design. Many cultures consider it to bring eternal youth, joy and a happy marriage to its wearer. Stones can be heat-treated to improve the desirable sea-blue colour. An aquamarine is a timeless choice for jewellery, radiating natural beauty through both its colour and composition. While its hardness makes it largely damage resistant, we suggest having your stone cleaned every two years. There are a number of methods, including ultrasonically or steam – check with your jeweller.      

 

 

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