Aquamarine belongs to the family of beryl and it will not be wrong to call it a sister gemstone of emerald. The greenish-blue hue of aquamarine resembling the color of ocean is owed to the trace element iron. Ancient Roman fishermen called it “water of the sea,” aqua marina in Latin and used aquamarine for protection and luck while fishing.
The radiance of aquamarine and its resembling shades of the ocean is beauty to behold for those with a love for bright soft tones.
The March born Pisces are blessed with Aquamarine as their birthstone. Gemstone of Ocean for the fish sign.
Aquamarine is thought to possess energies to reduce stress and bring tranquility to the mind and sharpens the intellect.
Aquamarines have a narrow color range of blue, greenish blue and green-blue. The saturation of these hues determines the value of the birthstone of March.
Aquamarines can have few liquid inclusions which are usually eliminated while faceting the gemstone. Therefore, choosing an eye-clean aquamarine is totally perfect.
Since aquamarine rough is quite plentiful facilitating well-cut gemstones. This gemstone of ocean is also popular among designers, artists and gem sculptors for fantasy cuts.
Occurrence of aquamarine in large crystals makes it possible to cut out gemstones of numerous sizes ranging from very small to very large.
Aquamarine took its form deep inside the earth. This gemstone can form in a variety of rock but mainly in igneous and metamorphic rock. Since Beryllium is quite rare, one can say that the beryl resulting will be rare as well. The presence of iron in the the gemstone impart the greenish-blue color to Aquamarine.
Like most of the gemstones, there is an option to choose between natural and lab-created Aquamarines. One must not confuse “lab grown” with the “fake”. While synthetic is a replica the lab grown is developed in a controlled lab environment.
However, the main difference found between a natural and a lab created aquamarine is the number of inclusions and the lesser price of the latter.
Aquamarine was first spotted in Siberia in the 18th Century and by now the main deposits of the sea blue gemstone can be found in Pakistan and Brazil. Other notable locations of aquamarine mining include China, California, Colorado, Myanmar, Ukraine and Africa.
Aquamarine Ring is quite easy to clean due to their hardness and durability. However, a few things must be kept in mind like avoiding contact of the gemstone with make-up, harsh chemicals, abrasives.
While cleaning the Ring make use of lukewarm water and mild cleaning detergent. Soft toothbrush can be used to clean the underside of the Aquamarine.
Also, the ring must be individually kept to avoid contact with other jewelry to avoid unnecessary scratches.
The most common Aquamarine Certifications includes from GIA, IGL and HRD labs. It is usually a document you receive on the behalf of the aforementioned 3rd party labs which describes an aquamarine in all of its characteristics.
Each and every party’s defining grounds may defer.
Depending on the quality factors of the aquamarine, its cost can vary from $15 to $250 per carat for a ! Carat Aquamarine.