Calming and Serene Aquamarine

Untitled1 The beautiful blues of aquamarine conjure up images of the cool and calming sea. So, it is no surprise the name aquamarine comes from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. And it makes sense it is the designated birthstone for March with its connection to the zodiac sign of Pisces (The Fish). Aquamarine is believed to dispel fear, calm the nerves and temper, plus bring mental clarity and levelheadedness to the wearer.

Untitled2Generally, aquamarine is larger in carat size, usually free of visible inclusions, and likely a light-toned greenish blue color. The range of color for aquamarine goes from greenish blue, to blue-green, to blue; however, fine quality stones are considered to be more valuable as their purity and intensity of their color blue increases. The larger the stone, the more vivid the color appears and most aquamarine are heat-treated to produce the more desirable bluer color. Sometimes, aquamarine and treated blue topaz compete in their aesthetic attractiveness; however, fine aquamarine commands a higher price than equal-quality treated blue topaz.

Measuring 7.5 to 8.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness, aquamarine is durable and appropriate for all types of jewelry with proper care given to prevent scratching and damage from impact. Exposure to heat is not recommended for aquamarine. In some rare cases, an aquamarine stone may be fracture filled, in which case ultrasonic cleaning would not be recommended either. Warm soapy water and a soft bristle brush is always safe for cleaning.

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