The Twenty SS20 Issue

Go Blue

By Jo Phillips

Aquamarine Jewellery, the power of the ocean at your fingertips

The light blue color of aquamarine conjures up the image of a crystal clear sea. This connection is reinforced by the name of the gemstone which comes from the Latin word “aqua marina” or sea water. Aquamarine jewelry will therefore no doubt please women who love the sea and who would love to be near it all year round. With an aquamarine, this dream can be at least partly fulfilled. On the list of birthstones (stones which are based on the month of birth), aquamarine is the birthstone of people born in March.

A piece of the sea in a single stone

Jewelry with this gemstone looks very delicate, romantic and innocent. That’s why a ring with aquamarine has become a very popular choice for engagements in recent years. We were also able to admire the beautiful cocktail ring with an aquamarine in an emerald cut on Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex’s hand. Meghan Markle wore the ring which had belonged to Princess Diana during the afternoon part of her wedding celebrations.

Aquamarine earrings can make your face shine beautifully with their gentle color while a necklace with an aquamarine will absolutely draw attention to the neckline. It is said that every bride should wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. The last of those might just be a piece of aquamarine jewelry.

Aquamarines emphasize the beauty of all women and it can’t be said that they suit only certain types of women. Penelope Cruz, Jessica Biel or the already mentioned Meghan Markle all prove that aquamarines are suitable not only for delicate blondes, but also for distinctive women with dark hair.

Aquamarines as a calming force as well as a cure for procrastination

When you look at aquamarine and its soft blue color, you might agree that there is something soothing about this gemstone. Its importance has always been associated with the sea. Sailors wore aquamarines as a good luck charm depicting the god Neptune and they believed that it had the power to calm the waters and to protect them from danger.

But beauty is not the only feature which has made aquamarines sought after for centuries. For example in the Middle Ages, it was considered an antivenom, and as a result, there was demand for it mainly from the nobility. Unlike some other stones, it did not need to be crushed, but it was enough to simply wear it in the form of a pendant or a ring. Aquamarines shaped like a crystal ball were also used for telling the future and the stone was also credited with healing abilities, especially for diseases of the eyes, abdomen, liver and throat.

Belief in the ability of some stones to influence the human mind and body has persisted until today. It is said that aquamarines can apparently get us out of procrastination and motivate us, as well as help us to make clear and quick decisions. They can also help drive away fear and phobias. And since they are associated with the throat chakra, they support communication and rhetorical skills.

Blue or blue-green aquamarine: which one is more valuable?

Aquamarines belong to a group of stones known as beryls, the same as green emeralds or the lesser known pink morganites. Their beauty as well as their hardness of 7.5–8 on the Mohs scale has destined aquamarines for use in jewelry making. Their hardness makes them relatively scratch resistant and as compared to emeralds, aquamarines usually contain much fewer inclusions. Pieces of very good quality aquamarine are not as rare.

The color of aquamarines is either clear blue or it has slightly green undertones. In the past, the greenish variety was more valued but today, it is the opposite and pure blue is the dominant sought after color. The stones are usually heated to achieve this color or highlight it. The value of aquamarine increases with their color intensity, so as a rule, the darker the stone, the higher its price. Most aquamarines on the market tend to be lighter in color.

Aquamarines suit the glow of the spotlight. Experts therefore recommend viewing the gemstone in daylight, since artificial light can tend to increase its appeal.

How can you tell if an aquamarine is genuine or not?

Aquamarine is one of those precious stones which is often imitated and colored glass is most often passed off as aquamarine. The difference from the real stone may not be so easy to spot for someone who is not an expert. In any case, if you spot bubbles inside the “stone”, it is definitely an imitation. Another sign that it is probably not a real aquamarine is various scratches on the surface. Finally, aquamarines can also be mistaken for the cheaper blue topaz, which sometimes has a similar color.

If you are planning to buy jewelry with an aquamarine then trust a proven jeweler like the KLENOTA studio with your choice. You will receive a certificate of authenticity free of charge with every piece of jewelry. Happy choosing!

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