Aquamarine Gemstone Education
Aquamarine is aptly named after ocean water, for it glistens like the sea. According to legends, the stone found its home in mermaids’ treasure chests, and sailors often brought it on voyages to please the god Poseidon. Its calming vibes are said to help rekindle love, cure insomnia, fight depression, and bring joy to its wearers, so it has long been known as the gemstone of eternal youth.
Choosing a stone
- Color: Aquamarines range from dark blue to sky blue, sometimes showing hints of green. The most valuable stones sparkle with a rich, clear blue, but many people have a personal preference for the greener varieties. The larger the stone, the richer the color saturation.
- Clarity: Aquamarines are naturally very clear stones, and any inclusions that do occur can often be removed during cutting. Buyers should look for the cleanest stones they can find.
- Angara lets you choose the quality that suits your needs:
- Good (A): Very light sea blue, moderately included
- Better (AA): Light sea blue and slightly included
- Best (AAA): Medium sea blue, eye clean and highly brilliant
- Heirloom (AAAA): Exceptional sea blue, eye clean and very highly brilliant; the top 1% of aquamarines in terms of quality
- Cut: An easy stone to work with, the aquamarine is a craftsman’s dream because it allows them to show off creative cuts. Popular cuts include round, oval, emerald and pear, but aquamarines look good in anything that brings out their sparkle and color.
- Enhancements: Like many gemstones, aquamarines often undergo heat treatment to enrich their color. This is a permanent treatment—Angara only deals with treatments that are AGTA-approved.
- Aquamarine gems are found all over the world, from Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania to Russia to the United States
- Madagascar produces the largest portion of the world’s supply
- Brazil’s “Santa Maria” aquamarines are considered the most beautiful in the world because of their intense blue hue
- Mozambique produces similarly prized stones, called “Santa Maria Africanas”
- Angara typically acquires its aquamarines from cutting centers in Jaipur, India
- Aquamarine is the blue variety of the mineral beryl, which is the same mineral that composes green emeralds
- The largest gem-cut aquamarine in the world is the 10,363 carat obelisk called the Dom Pedro, which originated in Brazil and is now on display in Houston, Texas
- Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March
- Aquamarine is associated with the zodiac signs Pisces and Scorpio
- Aquamarine is the suggested gift for sixteenth and nineteenth anniversaries