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Aquamarine

Aquamarine

Certain gemstones mesmerise us with their mere tranquil colour. One such gemstone is Aquamarine. This alluring gemstone mirrors the fascinating sea-blue colours. If you are a true lover of nature and beauty, you will find it absolutely irresistible. The versatile gemstone is part of the blue or cyan variety of beryl. In other words, it belongs to the family of beryl and hence, shares a close relation with emerald, bixbite, goshenite, morganite and heliodor. This remarkably beautiful gemstone is blessed with a hardness and transparency, which makes it very popular with jewellery designers. It is one of the many gemstones which can be given any shape, however, cutters often give them the emerald cut or the round brilliant cut or oval brilliant cut.
Unparalleled stands the beauty of today’s aquamarine creations such as aquamarine ring, bracelet, earrings, necklace, pendant, engagement ring and an eternity ring. Women all over the world, have already been deeply drawn towards it. It’s popularity shines not just amongst the general mass, but also amongst the royalties. As a coronation gift, the President and people of Brazil gifted Queen Elizabeth an Aquaramine, diamond and platinum necklace and matching pendant. She loved it so much that she later got a matching tiara done.
AG & Sons are also great aquamarine admirers! Needless to say our collection is ever bustling with beautiful aquamarine jewelleries. For the beautiful women all over, who are much besotted by the beauty of the gemstone, AG & Sons can get you an even beautiful aquamarine jewellery piece. Our collection comprises apart from aquamarine necklace, aquamarine earrings, aquamarine pendant, aquamarine bracelet, an exclusive collection of aquamarine engagement ring, aquamarine bridal set ring and aquamarine eternity ring.

The History and Lore of Aquamarine

The word Aquamarine comes from two Latin words “aqua” and “mare” which respectively implies water and sea. The first traces of the use of the aquamarine gemstone were found to be amongst the Greeks, and that dated back to around 480 to 300 BC. Its popularity can be ascertained since the 17th century. The term ‘aquamarine’ was apparently found mentioned in a significant work ‘Gemmarum et Lapidum Historiia’ by Anselmus de Boodt which was published in 1609.
The aquamarine gemstone is associated with many myths and legends. This gemstone was considered the sailor’s gem by the Greeks and the Romans. It was supposedly used to ensure a safe and successful passage through the stormy seas. During the medieval period, the stone was known to rekindle the love of a married couple and was also believed to make soldiers invincible.
In fact, according to a certain saga, the gemstone originated in the treasure chest of mermaids and hence, was considered a lucky stone for sailors. According to the Romans, a shape of a frog when carved out on an aquamarine gemstone was known to reunite enemies and renew their friendship. As per another Roman legend, the stone is considered to bring lovers together. The stone is also considered the most appropriate gift for a bride, following the consummation of their marriage.
Aquamarine was greatly revered by the Sumerians, Hebrews and the Egyptians. For them it symbolised happiness and everlasting youth. The people of the Christian era, identified the aquamarine with the Apostle, St. Thomas since it “imitated the sea and the air”. Writers of the middle ages believed that aquamarine when cut as a crystal ball could be used as a stone for fortune telling. There were many methods found mentioned in ancient literature about using the stone as a divining tool. According to many folklore, aquamarine brought victory in battles and even in legal disputes. It was also used as part of ceremonies conducted to bring rain when needed.
The 19th century saw the popularity of the sea green varieties of the gemstone, though today, deeper the blue the more valuable it is considered. Gradually, its popularity soared and jewelleries like necklace, pendant, earrings, ring, bracelets mounted with aquamarine became rampant.

How are the Aquamarine Formed?

As mentioned, aquamarine belongs to the beryl group of minerals. The formation of aquamarine is largely dependent on two major components; beryl and iron. Comprised of beryllium aluminum cyclosilicate, beryl may come in different colours like white, green, red or blue depending on the impurities present. However, in its purest form it is known to be clear. The presence of iron in beryl, changes its colour to turquoise or blue colour which is known as aquamarine.
Beryls and hence, aquamarine are primarily found in deposits which are known as granitic pegmatites. These are huge structures which are composed of interlocking rocks and minerals and have a high concentration of granite deposits. They can also be found in vugs, or what is also known as pockets or encased by quartz and feldspar. The aquamarine gems are normally found along with Tourmalines.

Sources of Garnet:

The breathtaking sea-blue colour gemstone which is today largely a part of women’s jewelleries like earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, rings are sourced from various parts of the world. They include Russia, Brazil, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Myanmar, Australia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tanzania and Madagascar.
Brazil has always been considered the traditional and leading producer of aquamarine though of late, Zambia, Nigeria and Mozambique have started developing quality stones. In Brazil was found the largest aquamarine of gemstone quality which weighed over 110 kg. India has recently been declared as one of the biggest suppliers of aquamarine.

Aquamarine Color and Properties:

Aquamarine has a colour range which is limited. It comes in a range of blue shades like light blue, very slightly greenish blue, very strongly greenish blue, greenish blue etc. The color of aquamarine is a divine, eternal color, a color always bursting with energy and life. Looking at the range of colors which aquamarine is blessed with, it seems to have captured the many hues of the oceans.
The most valuable colour of the gem is dark blue to a slightly greenish blue. In other words, the more intense the colour the greater will be its value. Most of the aquamarine comes in a lighter blue shade. The deep blue aquamarine is the most desired one amongst women, but is also very rare. Another rare occurrence is the aquamarine, which have a light greenish shimmer. Most people prefer the crystal-clear light gemstones instead of the intense colours. This pure, clear blue aquamarine exhibits a spotless transparency and a glorious shine to the gemstone making it ideal for use in an engagement ring, eternity ring and even bridal set rings.
Due to the lucid colour, it is possible to see inclusions in the gemstone, hence, one should always purchase aquamarine of great transparency. Aquamarine shares popularity as big as the one shared by sapphire, ruby and emerald. Not only does it possess a tranquil colour and an exquisite shine, it has good hardness too, and measures up to 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. Because of this hardness and the many great attributes, the stone is excellent and apt for use in earrings, necklace, ring, bracelet, pendant meant for everyday wear.

Healing Properties of Aquamarine:

Wearing aquamarine gemstone as pendant, earrings, necklace, ring, bracelet or as an engagement ring is known to give the wearer physical, emotional, spiritual and balancing energy. Aquamarine is known to heal sinus problems, persistent cough, cure hay fever and other chronic allergies. It provides relief to people suffering from cold and bronchitis. It is effective in the cure of teeth and gum problems and is also known to harmonise the thyroid and pituitary glands and regulate the hormones. It is known to heal numerous inflammatory diseases and skin diseases. It is especially known an an excellent medicine to cure eye diseases.
Excessive anger and fear can be brought under control with aquamarine. It alleviates one of the physical, emotional and verbal traumas of the past. It is considered an excellent stone for kids who have been through a traumatic situation. Aquamarine is also a great stone for empowerment for both men and women. It is believed to endow one with courage, happiness and foresight. It increases a person’s intelligence and make them youthful. It invokes in the wearer a high level of consciousness and awareness. It helps one to be in deep communion with their inner soul and has a calming and soothing effect on the wearer.

The collection of Aquamarine Jewelries at AG & Sons

If you are in awe of this beauty, there is no reason why you should not get one added to your collection. With a renowned and highly sophisticated store, AG & Sons at your disposal, you can get bespoke engagement ring, eternity ring or bridal set ring just the way you ever wanted. Aquamarine has found its way into our beautifully designed necklace, earring, bracelet, rings and even pendants. Just as you are in awe of the gemstone, you will be in awe of our huge collection of aquamarine jewelleries.