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Sail Into Some Aquamarine Gemstones

Do not be confused. Aquamarine is not a blue person in the armed forces. Alas, the March birthstone Aquamarine is a stunning blue type of beryl. 

Beryl is one special mineral. Green beryl is known as the gemstone emerald, hold onto your butts though because we’ll talk about those in May. Beryl also comes in red, and red beryl is one of the rarest gems on earth. It is so rare that we will probably never talk about it again because it isn’t exactly affordable unless you happen to be royalty or own say…FaceBook. Blue or bluish-green beryl is Aquamarine, and boy is Aquamarine something to talk about. 

Different variations of beryl, including 1. golden beryl crystal, 2. heliodore. 3. emerald, 4. aquamarine, 5. morganite

Aquamarine gemstones come in hues of blueish-green to greenish-blue. I know what you are thinking… those are the same colors. I implore you to recall Steel Magnolias. It’s like blush and bashful… two entirely different shades of color! For ages, these baubles have reminded humans of the ocean hence the name aquamarine, which is derived from the Latin words aqua marina and literally means seawater. 

naturally found aquamarine
Aquamarine on Muscovite, Roughly size of grapefruit!

Long ago people believed aquamarine gemstones to be the treasure of mermaids, and many sailors brought aquamarine on their voyages for good luck. The stone was often claimed to calm waves and protect against the dangers at sea. So if you are worried about running into Cthulhu or a leviathan on your next cruise, be sure to pack your aquamarine jewelry. 

Unlike its cousin emerald, aquamarine is often found with few inclusions and in large crystals. So this is another gem in which price is not based so much on carat weight as it is on quality. 

In fact, the largest gem-quality aquamarine was discovered in Brazil in 1910 and it is a whopper weighing in at 243 pounds!

Despite my lust for large gemstones, I don’t think I could pull that off as a pendant without inadvertently breaking my neck. It’s a real shame and to be honest I’d probably still at least try to wear it. 

World's Largest Cut Aquamarine Gemstone
The Dom Pedro aquamarine obelisk by gem sculptor Bernd Munsteiner, weighing in at 100 pounds!

The most sought-after aquamarines are those with a depth color and good clarity. That being said though, you never really see aquamarines that appear any darker than a swiss blue topaz. If you happen upon a deep blue stone toted as aquamarine you have the right to throw down your gauntlets and yell, “J’accuse!” at the seller until they admit the stone was mislabeled. 

Aquamarine vs Swiss Blue Topaz

The color of aquamarine is created by trace amounts of ferrous iron. Blue hues can be enhanced by the way the stone is cut. The best cuts to show off aquamarine’s color is often an emerald cut. Though there are many lapidary artists who use a style called Barion to make other shapes of aquamarine that sparkle too.  

Saint K can help you source a stunning aquamarine stone and create a bespoke design to go along with it. Just let us know if we can help you sail away to some aquamarine bliss. 

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