Ah, spring at last! March brings delicate spring flowers, joyful colors, fresh energy, and life. On account of March, we must talk about the Aquamarine gemstone, not only because it is the designated birthstone for this month but also because it really deserves to be the one of the spring symbols.
Lucky those who are born in this month to have such a birthstone. Its vivid and reinvigorating color is said to radiate positive energy. No wonder it can bust your spirit during the entire day.
If you want quickly revise the properties associated with of Aquamarine and other interesting facts browse on Amazon.com. There are all sorts of stuff, from etymology to nice fashion tips. We can accessorize with aquamarine rings, aquamarine bracelets, aquamarine earrings, or beautiful pendants. Blonde, brunettes, straight hair or curly locks, blue eyes or brown, this gemstone will suit just about anyone.
Besides being the March birthstone, Aquamarine is also the commemorative stone for 19th wedding anniversaries. But what about engagement rings? Is this blue stone suitable for such a mission? Absolutely! Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but an aquamarine engagement ring is a unique, original, and far more affordable choice for a central stone. Talking about carats, here are some examples of engagement rings set in aquamarine. Of course, you can find a lot more designs, styles, and cuts.
There are certain gemstones are not aquamarines but can be confused as one:
- The “Brazilian aquamarine” is actually blue topaz,
- The “Siam aquamarine” is actually heat-treated blue zircon,
- “Mass aqua” is actually blue glass cut the way aquamarines are cut.
Although not everybody can afford to look at this amazing aquamarine necklace and bracelet set by Amazon, we can admire it and feel the love for gems.
I also included a video with this month’s gemstone! Enjoy!
Aquamarine Jewelry Meanings and Uses
Aquamarine is the birthstone for those who were born in the month of March and the anniversary gemstone for the 19th year of marriage. It is a type of blue beryl from the same mineral family as emeralds. The gemstone is generally blue-green but can take on various colors. For instance, aquamarine can adopt different shades of blue from pale blue to pastel blue to sky blue. The partial green color can be attributed to the iron admixtures in the gemstone and its host rock pegmatite. Top notch aquamarine jewelry is crystal clear and has great depth of color. These are the most expensive and rarest to find. In comparison to their emerald cousins, Aquamarines have less internal stress and therefore fewer cracks. They are also less pricey and thus easier to find cleaner at larger sizes. Furthermore, the gemstone is dichroic which means the color intensity will vary depending on the angle from which the stone is viewed. Because of this, the gemstone is cut according to specific angles rather than size. To intensify the depth of color aquamarines are step cut or emerald cut. The gemstone is known for being very durable and has a rating of 7.5-8.0 on the Mohs scale as compared to the 10 of a diamond. The term aquamarine is derived from “seawater” or color of the sea. It is thought to be the jewelry of mermaids and the stone of luck. Legend has it that the king of the sea Neptune gave it to his mermaid daughters. The mermaids would wear them in order to protect sailors at sea. These stones were thought to be even more powerful if combined with Poseidon’s chariot. They are said to bring peace and calm to the body thereby relieving stress and enhancing the mind. Cyrstal healers use aquamarine jewelry for treatment of individual ailments.
Aquamarine Jewelry is among the most popular and pleasing out there in the jewelry market. It looks wonderful on just about everyone. Designers like it because it gives them a fresh breath of freedom to get their creative ideas out to the public. The gemstone is beautiful to look at even when uncut. It can be embedded in gold or silver and be designed for rings, necklaces, earrings or pendants. Aquamarine jewelry sets are very popular and commonly sought after. Aquamarine silver jewelry often uses sterling silver and can make a perfect gift for that special person you have in your heart. Sources of aquamarine include the Middle East, Mexico, and Africa. A particular type of aquamarine jewelry is Santa Maria and is found in the Santa Maria de Itabira mine of Brazil. The jewelry is found in the USA as well, being the official state gemstone of Colorado.
How to Care for Aquamarine Jewelry
Taking care of your personal aquamarine jewelry set is important and here is how to do it. First, pour some water in a basin and test it for temperature. It should be something that your skin can handle or generally of warm temperature. To the water add some mild dishwashing liquid. You could try ammonia as it is thought to give the aquamarine even greater color depth but it might be too strong for the gemstone. Thirdly place the stone in the solution and soak it for a maximum of 10 minutes. After that remove the jewelry (set) and dry it with a warm cloth. A toothpaste would also do the job. Finally, rinse the cleaned gemstone with warm water and pat dry.
To store the aquamarine jewelry first wrap it in a dry cloth. For such cloth pure cotton is recommended as coarser cloth could scratch the aquamarine. Store your aquamarine set in a separate area of your jewelry box. If you have antique aquamarine jewelry be more careful and avoid mixing it with other types of stones as it is easier to scratch. Maure sure the jewelry has little contact with sunlight as the sun’s rays can easily lead to stress and internal cracks.
Overall aquamarine gemstones are blue beryls. The color blue is that of the sky of the sea and of happiness and joy. Take care of it, store it in a safe place and always remember that no matter what set you have or are looking for aquamarine jewelry looks gorgeous on everybody no matter who they are.