Aquamarine evokes the colors of the sea: from deep green blue hues to light, slightly greenish blue. They are often free from inclusions and clear as water too, symbolizing purity of spirit and soul. Aquamarines make fantastic gemstones for evening wear because they glitter and gleam even under poor light conditions. During the day or in bright light, they exhibit a soothing coolness. You can find these gemstones being mined on almost every continent. It is the birthstone for those born in March, althought anyone can wear and delight in the beautiful qualities of this gemstone.
Aquamarine belongs to the beryl species of gems and is closely related to emerald, morganite and golden beryl. The most noteworthy source of aquamarine is Brazil. Along with Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Russia, Ukraine, and Zambia the United States is also a source for quality aquamarine.
It is a durable gemstone with a hardness of 7.5 – 8.0 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Aquamarines can be cut in many shapes and sizes. Some are cut as cabochon gems or fashioned into beads. Nature produces a variety known as a cat’s – eye aquamarine, a rare, highly collectible, phenomenal variety. Microscopic growth tube inclusions cause the cat’s eye effect.
Aquamarines are often heated in a controlled environment to lessen the subtle greenish coloration that occurs in some.
This gemstone can also be man-made. Meaning that it is manufactured in a lab rather than mined. It should be understood by the seller and clearly disclosed to the buyer if a gemstone is lab made or synthetic. At Diny’s we can find synthetic varieties for you, though we carry Earth made gemstones everyday.
Care and cleaning
You can minimize scratching and wear by storing each piece separately in a soft cloth or padded container. Due to their delicate nature Aquamarine jewelry is best cleaned with water and a tightly woven microfiber or other soft cloth, or use Diny’s Gentle Jewelry Cleaner, which is safe for most every gemstone you own,
Bring all your fine jewelry to Diny’s Jewelers at least twice a year for a thorough cleaning and inspection.
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