From the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the sea, Aquamarines shine over an extraordinarily beautiful range of mainly light blue colors. Aquamarine is a fascinatingly beautiful gemstone. Women the world over love it for its fine, pastel blue shades, which can complement almost any skin or eye color. Gemstone cutters as well as jewelry artisans are inspired by it enabling them to create new artistic designs again and again.
Its light blue color is said to arouse feelings of sympathy, trust, harmony and friendship. The blue of Aquamarine is a rich and eternal, because it is the color of the sky. However, Aquamarine blue is also the color of water with its life-giving force. No wonder, when you consider that according to the saga, it originated in the treasure chest of mermaids, and has, since ancient times, been regarded as the sailors’ lucky stone. Its name is derived from the Latin ‘aqua’ (water) and ‘mare’ sea.
Aquamarine is one of our most popular and best-known gemstones. It is almost as popular as the classics: Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. In fact it is related to the Emerald, both belonging to the beryl family. The color of Aquamarine however, is usually more even than that of the Emerald and unlike Emerald, is often almost entirely free of inclusions. Aquamarine has good hardness, 8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, and it takes a wonderfully bright polish. The hardness makes it very tough and protects it to a large extent from scratches. Iron is the substance which gives Aquamarine its color, a color which ranges from an almost indiscernible pale blue, to a strong sea-blue. The more intense the color of an Aquamarine, the more value is put on it. Some Aquamarines have a light, greenish undertone which again likens it to the crystal clear waters of a tropical paradise. However, it is a pure, clear blue that continues to epitomize the Aquamarine, because it brings out so well the immaculate transparency and magnificent shine of this gemstone.
Some of the most famous sources for Aquamarine include, Brazil, Mozambique and Zambia.
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March.
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