Aquamarine- The Birthstone for March
The gemstone that signifies tranquillity, good luck and happiness..
There is something sincerely special about Birthstones; they are a sublime example of a gift which holds an overwhelming amount of sentiment with a personal touch. Now we are in the month of March, we can celebrate the birthstone Aquamarine. As spring slowly makes an appearance, the charming tones of an aquamarine match perfectly with the sunny spring morning skies. Not only does Aquamarine represent the birthstone for March, yet also a representation of a new marriage. This gemstone is known to deliver a future of happiness to a newly wed couple (often used as the “something blue” for wedding days).
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In simple terms, the word Aquamarine originates from the Latin word “Aqua or Sea” combined with the word “marine”. Old English tales have many stories on what was the aquamarines original purpose. Many state that aquamarine was a mineral used to protect sailors against foes whilst out at sea; this includes the myth of evil mermaids who would lure sailors towards the cliffs and rocks, towards danger. In Nordic mythology an aquamarine rough crystal would be thrown into the water from the battleships on rough seas to calm the Gods. For all that, this very special mineral and is one of the most valuable, sought after gemstones on the market today.
Aquamarine belongs to the Beryl family; for the science enthusiast it has the composition of the chemical formulaBe3Al2(Si16O18). Anything belonging to the Beryl family such as an Aquamarine is formed in a crystalized hexagonal formation in pegmatite within the earth’s crust. Minerals in this group have hardness on the Moh scale of around 7.5. Other family members of this group include Emerald, Morganite, Goshenite and Heliodor. Deposits of Aquamarine can be sourced from many countries across the globe. The majority are found by no surprise in Brazil; however other countries include Central Madagascar, Pakistan, Malawi, Kenya, and Tanzania. Also as of recent a primary deposit has been found in Mexico.
Many gemstones are available in the colour blue such as Topaz, Tanzanite and Sapphire; although the colour of Aquamarine is truly unique. The colour of a high quality Aqua can only be described as a beautiful sea blue-green. This gemstone always portrays a vitreous lustre. Naturally occurring optical effects such as Chatoyancy (Cats-eye) and rainbow-esc iridescence are not unknown in aquamarines. The colour is a crucial factor to consider when purchasing an aquamarine, as there a lot of blue coloured gemstones on the market for it to compete with. Aquamarine’s colour range is very narrow: It can be blue, very slightly greenish blue, greenish blue, very strongly greenish blue or green-blue. Aquamarines most desirable colour is a dark blue to slightly greenish blue with moderately - strong intensity and saturation. In general, the purer and more intense the blue colour, the more valuable the stone. The colour blue is very popular when set into jewellery; it’s a colour that can complement any skin tone for any occasion. An aquamarine can be a soft delicate colour to wear on a warm summer’s day, or as equally look beautiful for a winters evening dinner date.
“A varied display of aquamarines is like seeing the many colours of oceans, lakes, and other bodies of water around the world. Every aquamarine recalls a hue of some body of water you have enjoyed”
You will discover most aquamarine gemstones are cut into Emerald cut or Oval in shape. It is a fashionable cut to enhance this stones beauty and clear clarity. It harmonises beautifully with all precious metals, although white gold and Platinum settings are a personal favourite here at Johnsons Jewellers. As an aquamarine owner, this mineral has a respectable hardness as previously mentioned, although it is always worth remembering this gemstone is not as hard as a Diamond, Sapphire or Ruby. If you foresee to clean your aquamarine yourself, we always recommend warm soapy water with a gentle jewellery cleaning brush. Do not subject the gemstone to hot water as this could create thermal shock, we advise against any heavy cleaning solutions. Rinse the jewellery well after a clean and use non-fibre cleaning cloth, remembering to go gently when rubbing the stone and any claw settings. Always avoid ultrasonic machine cleaners. Finally, the advice we give on all jewellery, put on your jewellery as the “finishing touches” This will avoid any hairspray, hand cream or any other cosmetic damage long term. This will result in your jewellery remaining opulent for longer.
A great factor about Aquamarine is that it is available in different sizes and price ranges to suit everybody. For any more information or you would like to view our Aquamarine collection please feel free to come into store or call one of our team members where we will be happy to assist you.
If you have any further questions regarding Aquamarine gemstones or Aquamarine jewellery, or if you would like to make an appointment, please call us on 02476 347 038 or email us on [email protected].