Posted on by Nevil Agrawal

Aquamarine, the name itself, is reminiscent of calm, blue waters of the ocean. This cyan blue stone is known for its color and healing properties for centuries. A variety of beryl, this gemstone is regarded as the perfect gift for a 19th wedding anniversary. It is also highly popular for its use in all types of jewelry, especially for Edwardian, mid-century, art deco and bohemian styles.


aquamarine gemstone


Gemstone – Formation, source and origin


Aquamarine is a variety of beryl. This amazing gemstone is formed due to the small quantities of iron that get trapped within the beryl crystals as they grow. The color of aquamarine truly reflects its name that is derived from the Latin word aqua, which means “from the sea”. This mineral was cited in the mountains of Siberia in 1723. Aquamarine can be found from sources of beryl that include places like Brazil, Sri-Lanka, and Madagascar. Other sources of aquamarine are Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, China, Myanmar, Russia, and Ukraine.


Healing properties


Aquamarine, the traditional stone of the zodiac sign Pisces and the birthstone of March, is associated with the feeling of calmness and relaxation. It is believed that the sailors carried aquamarine as a protective stone to prevent seasickness. The healing properties of the stone are beneficial for pregnant women as it boosts the immune system, and reduces stress levels and anxiety. It empowers the wearer to think logically and react with calmness and intelligence. It is also known to heal the stomach, liver, and throat problems. The healing elements of aquamarine are beneficial for both mind and body.


aquamarine stone


Identifying the real Aquamarine


1. Cut and Clarity


Just like rubies and sapphires, aquamarine also comes with a good hardness of 7.5-8 Moh; therefore, it can be easily cut into a variety of shapes for different types of jewelry. It features distinct pleochroism in specimens with intense hues. The appearance of the aquamarine gemstone can range from transparent to translucent and displays a vitreous luster. It has a hexagonal crystal system with a conchoidal to uneven fracture. A real and good aquamarine stone usually shows no blemishes or inclusions to the naked eye. Note carefully, the aquamarine gems that have inclusions are cut into either cabochons, beads, or are carved. This semi-precious stone is suitable for rings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, thanks to its hardness and durability.

aquamarine cabochons


2. Color and Treatment


Aquamarine stone comes in a variety of colors. You can buy this stone in hues of yellow, pink, blue, green, milky white, and aqua. Good quality aquamarines can show different hues from each angle due to their pleochroism property. Highly desired in darker shades of blue and green, it is also popular in pastel tones. While buying this gemstone, check if there are any scratches. Due to its hardness, it cannot be easily scratched. You can also identify aquamarine with its temperature; the stone will feel cold when touched to your forehead. So, make sure the temperature of the stone doesn’t match the room temperature.

There are different color treatments used for stones, including bleaching, coating, dyeing, filling, irradiation, and heating. Aquamarine gemstone usually receives heat treatment for color enhancement. Irradiation can reverse the color changes, though.


Aquamarine Gemstone Care


Aquamarine cannot be easily scratched, but it can lose its color due to direct exposure to strong heat. Discoloration of the stone might occur due to direct sunlight. It is advisable to keep your stone away from any chemicals as it might hamper its color. Wash your aquamarine with soapy water and gently wipe it with a soft cloth. Before engaging in any physical activity, make sure you remove your aquamarine jewelry to reduce any risks.


aquamarine carvings


Where to buy Aquamarine gemstone from?


Finely cut by experienced artisans, we at GemsforJewels, offer an assortment of 100% natural aquamarine gemstones in multiple shapes, sizes, and colors. You can buy this gemstone in strands, rosary chains, as cabochons, connectors, and loose stones. For different pieces of jewelry, we provide color options, including yellow, pink, blue, green, milky white, aqua, and more. Desired in a variety of shapes, we offer genuine aquamarines in seventeen enticing shapes. Oval, round and pear are quite famous for rings. We also have chip-shaped, bead-shaped, rectangle-shaped, rough aquamarines, and much more. Happy exploring!


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