Aquamarine is a very popular jewel used in jewellery industry. Its extraordinary blue color evokes the clear blue sea and takes us to unexplored distances.
Aquamarine is a variety of beryl, as well as an emerald. It is exceptional with its beautiful light blue or green-blue color, which resembles the clear sea. The blue shade gives aquamarine the presence of iron. Its name - the Latin aqua marina - is derived from the sea water and its beautiful blue color.
Aquamarines can be found mostly in Brazil, Mozambique and Afghanistan.
Aquamarine is referred to as a dichroic gem, which means that the intensity of its color varies depending on which angle we look at the stone. This property must be taken into account especially when grinding aquamarines.
Aquamarine is partially transparent to translucent, with a beautiful sparkling gloss.
Aquamarine can be sanded in almost any shape, most often using brilliant or emerald brushes.
In nature they occur in relatively large quantities and in large flawless pieces. It is therefore a relatively affordable gem with excellent properties, it is suitable for grinding and setting in jewelery.
Most of the natural aquamarines that engage in jewellery are refined - their color is improved by annealing at a temperature of around 450 ° C.
Light blue to greenish blue
7.5 - 8
Brazil, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Nigeria
Did you know that...?
Aquamarine is a stone sign of the zodiac Aquarius and Fish.
Aquamarine is the stone of the month of March.
Aquamarine is the stone of the sea goddesses and the sea itself. It symbolizes peace, joy and happiness, especially in partnership. According to old traditions, she brings her bearers a happy marriage and wealth. It calms our mind and relieves us of fear.
The bright blue color of the aquamarine is the color of hope, sympathy, friendship and fidelity.
Aquamarine is considered to be the stone of the goddess Amphitrite, a woman of the sea god Poseidon. According to old legends, aquamarine comes from a marble treasure chest. Since ancient times it has been considered a sailor's stone and sailfish, the first sailors have believed that the aquamarine can calm the troubled sea, protect them from drowning and bring them happiness on their long voyages.
The ancient Romans and Greeks also considered aquamarine as a sail for sailors, to protect them from drowning, pirates, sirens, and marine illnesses.
Aquamarine was also enormously valued by the ancient Egyptians, a symbol of happiness and endless youth.
With the advent of Christianity, the aquamarine began to be associated with the person of the Apostle Thomas, who was a patron of the sea and air and sailed to India to preach his gospel.
Did you know that in the 14th century. Aquamarine sharpened lenses in glasses?
Medicinal effects of aquamarine:
It provides good health
It treats the stomach, esophagus, jaw, sore throat, hay fever
It works against both myopia and farsightedness
It puts the pituitary and thyroid glands in balance
It also works well on muscle mass.
The largest aquamarine
The largest aquamarine was found in Brazil in 1910. It was 48.5 cm long, 41 cm wide and weighed 110 kg. The part was left in the natural state, part cut and cut into stones of excellent quality. The largest of the stones, the Dom Pedro obelisk of 10,395 carats is exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.
Famous jewels with aquamarines
British Queens Aquamarine Jewelry
The Queen received a stunning aquamarine set from the King of Brazil for the occasion of her coronation in 1953 - a necklace and earrings. Brazilian aquamarines have been used to produce these two jewels, and it has been year-long process for stones to be perfectly matched to each other. The set was completed in 1958 with a bracelet and a large brooch.
The queen loved this aquamarine set and even made a tiara even. It has a platinum base with diamonds and aquamarines.
A gift from Brazilian President Vargas for the wife of President Franklin Roosevelt, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. The first lady got this breathtaking aquamarine on her trip to Brazil as proof of the friendship of both countries.
The original raw aquamarine, which weighed 1.3 kg, was divided into two stones and larger ones, 1 847 carats weighing aquamarine was donated to the first lady. It is now in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Museum in New York.
This aquamarine diamond-shaped bracelet was created in 1893 by Jean Schlumberger, court designer of jewelry for Tiffany & Co. The brooch is now in the exposition of the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Chicago.
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