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aquamarineAquamarine is derived from words meaning water and sea, and surely this gem is aptly named.  It has the beauty of the crystallized Mediterranean or Pacific captured for all time in gemstone form.  When held to the light, it sparkles like the cerulean blue ocean on a brilliant day and has been an admired jewel wherever it has been found.  It has been prominently displayed in jewelry dating back thousands of years in many regions of the world.

Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family, (along with emerald.) Hold those two stones next to one another and the resemblance is obvious.  Aquamarine shines as vibrantly, yet in subtler, more understated hues and is honored as the birthstone for March.

This gemstone is found with tones of blue or greenish blue coloration, shaded lightly by a sprinkling of iron.  Aquamarine is mined in Brazil, where the world’s largest deposits are found.  Other sources include Australia, China, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, and the U.S.

Grading an Aquamarine

When grading an aquamarine, the gemologist will begin with color.   To differentiate it from colorless or white beryl, this variety must show some hint of blue.  It's often very faint or subtle, but if you look carefully, it's there.  Brighter, more intensely colored stones exhibit deep sea blue tones, and are considered to be more valuable.   Still other examples of aquamarine exude a touch of green in the blue, which generally does not affect the value of the stone as long as the color is deep and effervescent, and simply becomes a matter of preference for the beholder.

As with most gems, clarity is an important factor in determining the stone’s value.  Aquamarine is one of the purest of the gemstones, and good quality stones in most sizes should exhibit no internal specks, cracks, or defects of any kind visible to the naked eye.  Stones over 1 carat, however, may have a few inclusions without being badly downgraded.

Finally, a stone that is exquisitely cut will add value to the gem as well.  Aqua's are available in large sizes, with some of the rough crystals weighing into the hundreds of pounds!

14 Karat White Gold Cushion Cut 0.75 Carats Aquamarine Pendant
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14 Karat White Gold Oval Shape 1.25 Carats Aquamarine Stud Earrings
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Sterling Silver Emerald Cut Aquamarine and Round Created White Sapphire Ring
8.80 Carat Genuine Aquamarine .925 Sterling Silver Bracelet
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14 Karat White Gold Cushion Cut 1.50 Carats Aquamarine Stud Earrings
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10k Diamond Cushion Halo Engagement Ring (1/10cttw, H-I Color, I1-I2 Clarity), Size 7

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