March birthstone, aquamarine got its name from two Latin words aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. It was believed to protect sailors and guarantee a safe voyage. The placid color of aquamarine is believed to calm the temper and so the one who wears it remains relaxed and levelheaded.
Aquamarine is a type of beryl with the chemical composition Be3Al2 (SiO3)6. It contains a mixture of beryllium, aluminum, and silicate along with trace amounts of iron which have become embedded in the hexagonal crystalline structure of the stone.
How to choose the right Aquamarine
Aquamarine is usually a clean gem with minimal inclusions but when buying make sure it should not have inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. Color plays a significant role in the pricing of this gem and blue colors are typically more valuable than green hues but always pick the hue that is your personal preference. Same is the case with intensity deep sky blue stones are the most valuable but it is mostly a matter of individual choice. Coming to the size again both small and large aquamarines are loved if smaller add delicacy to a design, bigger ones are striking and attention grabber, so you can pick the size according to your choice. Aquamarines are fairly easy to cut and resistant to fractures so they are available in vast variety of shapes. Choose a shape that is most appealing to your sense of taste. Also before buying it is better to ask about the heat treatment as it is a widely accepted practice used to enhance the blueness of a stone.
Aquamarine has a hardness of 7.5 on the Mohs scale. (The Mohs Scale of Hardness measures how well a substance resists scratching by another material). In fact Aquamarine is a fairly hard stone and to a large extent is insensitive to scratches and one can wear aquamarine on a daily basis. However, there a few things one needs to keep in mind.
Avoid Sunlight and exposure to heat as it can discolor aquamarine. Also keep it away from chemicals like household cleaners or hairspray.
For cleaning Aquamarine Jewelry soak it in a solution of mild dish soap then with the help of a cloth or soft toothbrush remove the grime and dirt gently.
Aquamarine in History
In ancient times the Romans used the Aquamarine in their jewelry. One popular belief back then was that if figure of a frog was carved on this gemstone it would bring about reconciliation between sworn enemies.
Also in the past bridegrooms used to give aquamarine as a wedding gift to their brides believing that the stone absorbed the atmosphere of young love.
In ancient times it was believed that wearing aquamarine would ensure a safe and prosperous journey across stormy seas. The aquamarine was also believed to render soldiers invincible. It was believed to bring victory in battles.
Aquamarine at the Red Carpet!
Royals to celebs aquamarine have won the hearts of all. Be it Elizabeth Taylor, Real Housewife Jill Zarin, Mila Kunis, Phil Collins’ starlet daughter Lily, Princess Diana or Queen Elizabeth II have worn aquamarine jewelry.
Why Buy Aquamarine
It is one of the most popular gemstone for its beauty as it sits perfectly in all types of jewelry, whether it is a necklace, ring or earrings. Another reason for its fame is its mystical characteristics that enhance faith, courage and friendship. It is believed to be very soothing, particularly for married couples who want to work out their differences.
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