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A new month means a new birthstone to highlight. This gemstone of the month is the ever and always shimmering Aquamarine, which stands for calmness. If you’ve ever wondered what this stone is about, please read on and prepare to dive deeper into a calming pool of blue hues. Something we’re all looking for with spring around the corner.
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Aquamarine gemstones are the beautiful manifestation that get their name after the Latin word for seawater. It is said that the name comes from the calming waves consisting out of light blue water. And as a matter of fact Aquamarines do have a calming appearance.
Aquamarine gemstones have been popular since 500B.C. and the legend goes that they originated from a mermaid's treasure chest. Looking into it with a bit more nuance this actually comes from a writing by Pliny the Elder who wrote “The lovely aquamarine, which seems to have come from some mermaid’s treasure house. In the depths of a summer sea, has charms not to be denied”. Which is a perfectly fitting description that we gladly support.
Aquamarine's first recordings as jewelry date back as far to Ancient Greece. It was during this era that its first associations with water started to surface. Fisherman wore jewelry with Aquamarines during their fishing trips.
The biggest hype around Aquamarines started during the 17th century when sailors started wearing these gemstones for protection at sea. They believed that Aquamarines would protect them from the wrath of the sea. Sailors believed that an engraved Poseidon chariot in their Aquamarine would add extra protection.
Aquamarines are gemstones that come from the Beryls family. These crystals mainly rate 7 to 8 on Mohs scale which means they are stronger than any material rating lower than its own. Its colour can vary between pale light green and bluish tints up to vivid blue (either natural or through heating). These light hues make them perfect for jewelry that evokes trust and rest upon others. Hence it can claim the calming effects and making it popular under high-end jewelers.
Aquamarines are found in nature as vugs. These can be seen as small pockets containing the crystals. These so called vugs are created due to heavy tectonic activities deep within the earth. Aquamarines are being found most at Brazil, Africa and within Madagascar.
As with many fancy coloured gemstones the value of Aquamarines is largely depending on its vividness in colour. Where a fine deep blue colour equals jackpot in terms of value. These are being experienced as more alive, more beautiful and occur a lot less than their pale versions. Another important property is that inclusions should be invisible or at minimum the least. And where weight and size increases exponentially with diamonds, a bigger size for Aquamarines keeps increasing its value more consistently.
Fun fact: One of the biggest high-quality Aquamarines was found in Brazil and weighed over 200 kilograms. Converting this into a more relevant measurement when talking about jewelry we end up with a immense 1.000.000 carat gemstone.
A tip we’ve like to share with you which many people seem to forget of don’t think about is keeping your gemstones and jewelry separated. Why you might ask? Because gemstones may scratch one another.
Another very important thing to keep in mind is watch for chemicals. Fluids such as Alcohol or Ammonia (found in nail-polish remover) may affect your precious Aquamarine.
Luckily it is possible to clean your Aquamarine with warm water and soap. Soaking your gemstone for a while is no problem at all as long as you remove any soap afterwards. This can be done by washing away all soap that is left behind.