Who isn’t inspired by the ocean? The power of the waves and the color of the sea make for an intoxicating mix. So it comes as no surprise that one of the most popular gemstones on the market is aquamarine.
Aquamarine, a combination of the words “aqua” meaning “water” and “marine” meaning “pertaining to the sea,” is the perfect name for this stone as the range of color of aquamarine stones varies from light blue to deep blue, just like the waters of the sea.
Having the Sea on Your Finger
Aquamarine rings are very popular as the color is rather intoxicating and just a glimpse at the ring will instantly evoke fond memories of the sea and its calming influence. And although aquamarine even by itself is quite stunning, when combined with diamonds and/or gold, the effect can be truly amazing.
There has been a trend of late for using colored stones in engagement rings, be they fancy colored diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, or even cheaper stones. Aquamarine engagement rings featuring an aquamarine center stone and colorless diamonds have, not surprisingly, become very popular. Many people probably don’t know this, but tradition has it that aquamarine is said to result in a happy marriage as well as bringing the wearer wealth. Now there’s a couple of really good reasons to purchase an aquamarine engagement ring, although it’s doubtful that any woman would balk at an aquamarine necklace.
Another attribute of aquamarine is the fact that its color is complementary to such a wide spectrum of skin tones and eye colors, as well as matching most colors of clothing.
A Designer’s Favorite
However, it is not only women who covet aquamarine, it is possibly the designer’s favorite stone to work with. There is a seemingly never ending array of cuts that are being used on aquamarine.
Aquamarine is related to the emerald – both belong to the beryl family; however, the color distribution of aquamarine is usually more uniform than that of emerald. Aquamarine is also a rather hard stone, making it tough and quite scratch resistant.
The most coveted aquamarines come from Brazil, with lesser examples coming from Mozambique. It is the Brazilian aquamarines that lead the way and set the standard.
Aquamarine is a stone that has the ability to set the heart racing yet simultaneously exert a calming influence – a stone of beauty that is the envy of all who behold it.