All About Aquamarine

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All About Aquamarine

Learn the ABCs of aquamarine jewelry and how beautiful it looks in rings, necklaces, earrings, and brooches, from Jack Weir & Sons of Beverly Hills.

Aquamarine might be called the gemstone goddess of the sea - with the word Aquamarine being derived from the Latin words 'aqua' meaning water and 'marina' meaning of the sea. True to their name, Aquamarines are a truly enchanting gemstone that mirror the mesmerizing hues of the ocean and their sparkling, tranquil blue color has excited people for centuries.  Today we’re going to dive into the fascinating world of this sparkling blue treasure, exploring their history, properties, symbolisms and care tips. 

The Mystique of Aquamarine: Origins and History

Historically, aquamarines were believed to be the treasure of mermaids and were used by sailors as talismans for protection, good luck, and fearlessness on voyages. Dating back to ancient civilizations, aquamarines have been revered not only for their beauty but also for their healing and mystical properties. In the Middle Ages, aquamarines were thought to reawaken love in married couples, and in ancient Rome, they were associated with purifying water.

Aquamarine stone on a platinum setting

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Aquamarines are not just celebrated for their beauty; they carry profound symbolism and are thought to possess various healing properties. They are associated with tranquility, serenity, and clarity, mirroring the calming effect of the sea. Aquamarines are believed to enhance communication and courage, making them ideal for those seeking to deepen their relationships or articulate their thoughts with clarity. As the birthstone for March, aquamarines hold special significance for those born in this month, symbolizing youth, health, and hope. 

Physical and Optical Properties

Aquamarines are distinguished by their clarity and range of blue tones, from pale to deep sky blue, often with a greenish tint - getting their color from traces of iron. A  member of the beryl family alongside other gemstones like emerald and morganite, Aquamarines are great for everyday wear. They are durable - ranking a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, just under the durability of a diamond.

Aquamarine and diamond cluster ring on a platinum setting

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Aquamarine Geography 

The most significant sources of aquamarine are Brazil, Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, and Pakistan. Brazil is undeniably the world’s greatest source of Aquamarine and the country takes great pride in this resource. Historically, Aquamarine has been given as gifts to visiting dignitaries and royalty, like The Roosevelt Aquamarine, seen below, which was given to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as they took a tour of South America following their second election victory. 

Aquamarine Jewelry: Styles and Care

Aquamarine jewelry ranges from timeless pieces like engagement rings and pendants to contemporary designs that showcase the gemstone's versatility. As with most other gemstones, the stone's color, clarity, cut, and carat weight influence the beauty and value of Aquamarines. Aquamarines pair beautifully with both platinum and gold settings, complementing a wide range of styles and preferences.

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Caring for Aquamarines

Caring for aquamarine jewelry is fairly straightforward. Due to their hardness, aquamarines are resistant to scratches, but they should still be handled with care. Clean your aquamarine jewelry with warm soapy water and a soft brush, and avoid exposure to harsh chemicals and extreme temperatures to maintain its luster and color.

Aquamarines, with their captivating hues and rich history, are more than just gemstones; they are symbols of the enduring beauty and mystery of the natural world. Embracing aquamarines is an ode to the mesmerizing and tranquil beauty of the sea, offering a piece of its timeless allure to be admired and treasured.

At Jack Weir & Sons, we’ve spent the last 40 years traveling to Europe and all over the world, curating extraordinary estate jewels. JWS is where the old world meets the new world. Celebrate life, preserve history, and discover your own priceless heirloom jewel. We are extremely grateful for our clients and the ability to help people celebrate their special moments through one-of-a-kind jewelry. To share that gratitude and our strong family values, we chose to partner with Baby2Baby. So far, we've donated $125,000. A portion of every sale goes towards children living in poverty to provide them with diapers, clothing, and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. 

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