Aquamarine a delicate gift to human kind by Mother Nature is a stone with water’s fluidity in its characteristics and cleverly merges into any wardrobe alike water takes shape of the container after pouring it. The cool sea blue gem is recognized for its versatile beauty and elegance which it maintains and flaunts off in its navy blue look.
What is Aquamarine?
Aquamarine is a mineral belonging to beryl family with chemical formula of Be3Al2(SiO3)6. Its atomic structure consists hexagonal pyramidal atomic bonding acquiring enough hardness (7.5-8 on Mohs scale) essential to be crafted in a jewellery piece. The gem is popular for its aqua blue tone though the stone comes in different shades of green, yellow, pink and colorless too. Its specific gravity is 2.76 and carries all of properties occupied by beryl group. Some aquamarine stones display chatoyancy properties (cat’s eyes and star effects) also. The stone is graded by color, cut, clarity and carat weight.
In other varieties of beryl mineral, emerald and maxixe are two prominent jewels that display a deep blue tone while morganite, red beryl are some of the other popular qualities. Aquamarine stone is mined majorly in Brazil, Sri Lanka, United States, Columbia, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya.
The stone is found in different colors, sizes and weights. The largest aquamarine gemstone was found in Marambaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1910, it was weighed over 110 Kg with dimensions of 48.5 cm (19 in) long and 42 cm (17 in). Apart this, Dom Pedro aquamarine is worlds is largest cut aquamarine stone which is not displayed in Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
History of Aquamarine
Aquamarine’s first reference goes up to ancient Greek Roman civilization. Its name aquamarine is derived from Greek word “aqua marine” means “sea water” because the stone contains deep blue beauty of sea water. The stone was considered as lucky stone and was used to worn in amulets to ward off dangers during sea journey. Besides these, it was believed to give victory in battles. The gorgeous jewel was also applauded by Incas, Egyptians and Hebrews for its beauty and being a symbol of happiness. In middle ages, stone was utilized to see future in aquamarine crystal ball, since it got the name of oracle crystals too. As it was believed that sea blue gem brought victory in war, stone was worn in pendants, rings and bracelets to win dispute.
In addition, synthetic aquamarine costs is very high when compared to the natural counterpart thus synthetic aquamarine is not introduced in the gemstone market but is usually faked with other similar stone like quartz which are given various treatments to produce aquamarine effect in the stone. Though aquamarine was not in fashion as a gemstone, the trend came into existence only 3-4 centuries ago.
Zodiac Sign & Healing Properties
Aquamarine is a March birthstone and is deeply related with Pisces zodiac sign. The beautiful stone is regarded as a symbol of happiness, love, affection and care, so it is a good idea to gift someone you love most and wants to strengthen your relationship with them.
How to Buy Aquamarine Gemstone
Aquamarine is quite popular among gemstone lovers due to its gorgeous texture, affordable prices and durability. So when you are keen to buy an aquamarine, follow these tips.
Find a flawless stone: Naturally aquamarine comes in readily available form but it may have inclusions, scratch and signs of mistreatment. Sometimes they can’t be observed by naked eyes, so pay attention to this factor.
Decide on right hue and tone: As aquamarine encircles wide range of sea blue to green and pink blue, choose the blue green hue aquamarine as it is the most valuable and impressive as well.
Choose the high-quality cut and shape: Aquamarine comes in almost all cuts and shapes but choosing a stone with perfect cut and popular shape ensures gorgeous appearance in the stone. If anyone of the two is not good, stone will be seen dull and less attractive resulting in less value.
Never ever buy stone from an unreliable source: It might be fake, synthetic of imitation of real counterpart.
Demand for stone certifications, bill receipts and other essential documents to avoid fake jewels.
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