Sunday, March 7, 2010

Aquamarine

Legend has it that aquamarine was originally found in the treasure chests of mermaids. This beautiful pale blue to blue-green stone has been considered a lucky stone for sailors since ancient times.



Aquamarine on muscovite, from Pakistan - photo by Ra'ike

Lucky or not, aquamarine is popular in jewelry. The hardness of the stone (7.5 – 8.0 on Moh’s scale of hardness) and its resistance to scratches, make it appropriate for many jewelry uses, including pieces that will be worn frequently.

Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family (along with its more famous cousin, emerald). Its blue colour comes from iron. Gem quality stones are usually free of inclusions and are very brilliant. Bead grade stones have more inclusions and are opaque in areas.


Aquamarine from Pakistan - photo by Vassil


Faceted aquamarine gemstone - photo by Wela49


Faceted aquamarine gemstone - photo by Wela49


Things to know when buying aquamarines:
• The value of aquamarine is linked to its colour. The more intense the colour, the higher the value of the stone.
• Aquamarine often has a green tint and is often heat-treated to change the colour and make it bluer – unless specified otherwise it is safe to assume that the stone is heat-treated. Heat-treating results in a permanent colour change.
• Aquamarine can be confused with blue topaz which has a similar colour, but is less valuable.
• Aquamarines can be found as large stones, so the carat price should remain the same regardless of size for similar quality stones.

Lucky are those born in March, for this beautiful blue stone is their birth stone.










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8 comments:

angie said...

Great information on a beautiful gemstone.

galadryl said...

What a gorgeous gemstone, great colour. Can I have the two facetted ones and play with them? They are stunning. Beautiful examples.

Cat said...

All I can do is go Oooooooh and Aaaaaaaah over this post!!

RocknWow said...

I've always loved aquamarine. I just received some faceted stones...nice timing. Great article.

mcstoneworks said...

Love aquamarine. Great information and examples of a beautiful stone.

faeriiidust said...

Excellent information and selections!

Bonnie said...

Thanks for a very informative article and for using my necklace as an example of this beautiful stone.

Leilani said...

Great post of aquamarine! Lovely stone I'd like to work with more in the future. :)