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March is for AQUAMARINE

Updated: Mar 9

Aquamarine: the gemstone of mermaids, its color evokes that of soothing seas.  I love this stone because it reminds me of calm blue sea water, a captivating gem that effortlessly captures the essence of the ocean's tranquility and the sky's serenity. Aquamarine with it's

mesmerizing hues ranging from palest blues to deeper azure tones, stands as a testament to nature's artistry. Beyond its undeniable beauty, aquamarine holds a treasure trove of fascinating gemological properties that intrigue both gem enthusiasts and experts alike.

Join me on an exploration of aquamarine, where I dive into its breathtaking aesthetics and uncover the intricate science that lies within.

Aquamarine is apart of the Beryl family and whose color is derived by the trace element iron. Other members of the beryl family include morganite (pink), yellow beryl (yellow), green beryl, and emerald (green).

Aquamarine's colors vary in cool blue hues, reflecting the origin of its name from Latin “aqua-marinus” meaning “water of the sea’, referring to its sparkling ocean-like color. The stone of mermaids and March birthstone, aquamarine protects sailors and all those who travel by water. It's energetic properties are said to increase commitment and preserve fidelity and will give you courage. 

Aquamarine crystals grow in hexagonal shapes and form in metamorphic rocks with granite. As massive bodies of granitic magma slowly cool, aquamarine and other forms of beryl grow in pegmatite veins, nurtured by hot water saturated with metals and minerals though a hydrothermal process. It is a wonder to see these crystals in their natural crystal habit.  This process takes tens of thousands to millions of years. Then someone has to find the crystals, cut and polish the stones, bring them to market, and I have to find them and bring them to you.  To say gemstones are precious is an understatement. We are privileged to work with them and wear these natural wonders.

Aquamarine is found in Brazil, Mozambique, Madagascar, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and other sources.  It scores a 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale of hardness so it’s a very durable stone and perfect for use in jewelry.

Let me know if you enjoyed learning about aquamarine. I would love to post more gemstone knowledge here.

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