Stone of the Sea
Aquamarine is the green-blue to blue variety of the mineral beryl. Known for its clarity, aquamarine's value derives from its vividly transparent hues, lapping like ocean waves, captured within the depths of a prolific stone. Its famed watery color is caused by the trace element iron and the more intense the blue, the more a stone is worth.
In nature, aquamarine crystals can grow extraordinarily large and clear. A great example is the Dom Pedro displayed at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Most valuable aqua is mined from Brazil and Pakistan, but can be found in areas of Africa and Asia as well.
Known as the traveler's stone, aquamarine's name derives from Latin to mean "from the sea", and was often used as a good luck charm for sailors. Furthering its deep connection to water, aquamarine is also the birthstone for the month of March which hails the zodiac sign Pisces. It is also believed that the jewel has soothing properties, making it the traditional gift for the 19th wedding anniversary, symbolic of a calm peaceful marriage.
Aquamarine in JewelryAquamarine is a hard and durable stone that is easily faceted or carved making it perfect for all sorts of jewelry and talismans. Stones will often be cut with a large table and very deeply to pull more blue coloring. This also highlights the gem's unique transparent nature.
Aquamarine jewelry can be cleaned with a soft brush in warm soapy water or wiped clean with a cloth. Avoid harsh chemicals when wearing this stone or any kind of jewelry.When stored, it should be wrapped to prevent it from scratching softer stones or it being scratched by harder stones like diamond and sapphire.