Friday, September 24, 2010

Aquamarine: Gem of the Sea

Aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl. Known to the Romans and Greeks, it's name means "water of the sea." They believed that this sea-colored gem was a powerful talisman of protection for sailors.

Finished aquamarine ranges in size from very small up to several hundred carats. Most of what we see on the market is an extremely pale blue material but it can occur in bold hues, as well.



The natural color often includes an element of green. Heat can lessen, and even eliminate, this cast. Gems with a greenish tint can indicate an untreated stone like this amazing specimen:




Specimens containing intact liquid inclusions prove the absence of heat treatment. These inclusions are often two-phase, meaning that they contain both liquid and gas and what you will see under the microscope is a liquid-filled void with a bubble in it.



For your drooling pleasure, please enjoy a few pieces by our talented Starving Jewelry Artists:






Featuring artisan handmade creations by the Etsy Starving Artists jewelry team. SATeam members create handcrafted jewelry and beads. More information about our team and its current Etsy shop owner members can be found at SATEAM.etsy.com.

11 comments:

galadryl said...

Great post about a beautiful gemstone, the facetted greenish aquamarine is simply breathtaking. Nice jewelry examples too.

mcstoneworks said...

Fascinating! Beautiful examples of such a magnificent gem.

Beadorigami said...

I love aquamarines, and your article is quite informative!

Distinction Jewelry said...

Great article! I love aquamarine, and seeing the inclusion photo was fascinating. By the way, anyone who feels like sending me that beautiful blue/green aqua wouldn't be turned away :D :P Thanks very much for featuring my dark aquamarine ring in your collection!

Colla said...

Love all your gem blogposts! Lots of valuable information. Thank you Andrea and please keep them coming :)

Danagonia said...

Great info - love to learn new things

Cat said...

Very interesting, thanks!

Alegria Designs said...

Great article and beautiful selections!

Carole said...

Beatiful examples of a wonderful stone.

Bonnie said...

Thank you for a great article, I learned a lot about a favorite gem.

N Valentine Studio said...

WOW I love that first picture, something about raw stone just speaks to me. Great article!