Facts About Aquamarines
Aquamarine today is offered in bright sky-blue and greenish-blue
colours, generally the more intense the blue the more valuable the aquamarine. The most popular colour of precious stones is blue. However in Victorian times a sea-green colour was preferred; indeed this colour gave the gem its name: aqua-marine – the colour of sea water. Aquamarine remains well-known and
fashionable for engagement rings.
Aquamarine is a gem variety of the mineral called beryl. The mineral’s chemistry determines the colour of the gem.
This gemstone contains traces of iron.
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March, the Zodiac gem for Cancer the crab and wearing the gem is said to promote compassion, accord and friendship. Mined in South America, Africa and the Far East, aquamarine can occur in large, highly transparent crystals. They are usually offered in aquamarine rings in the mixed cut style or the rectangular step cut style where the colour is shown at its best.
Gem quality aquamarines are highly transparent, with a subtle lustre and are usually ‘eye-clean’ (free of distracting inclusions) so a flawless gemstone is often set in aquamarine engagement