Aquamarine is one of the most popular semi precious gemstones. With beautiful colours ranging from pale blue to a strong sea blue, it is the deeper and more saturated colours that are most valuable. Aquamarine is refined, flawless, hard and durable – its glass-like lustre and brilliance are beyond compare. Aquamarine is a popular gem choice for rings, earrings, pendants and necklaces.

 

Aquamarine has been revered for thousands of years. The stone is closely associated with the sea (the name literally translates to ‘water of the sea’). In ancient legend, aquamarine was thought to be mermaid treasure, and was used by sailors as a talisman for fearlessness, protection and good luck. It was also considered to be a stone that represented eternal youth and happiness.

 

These days, aquamarine is said to inspire truth, trust and letting go, and to have a calming, soothing and cleansing effect on the wearer.

Here are some quick facts about aquamarine:

  • Birthstone for March
  • As with the emerald, aquamarine is part of the Beryl family of minerals
  • The aqua colour can vary from a very desirable deep sea blue to the lighter shades which look fantastic in white gold or platinum
  • 7.5 – 8 on the Mohs hardness scale, so quite durable
  • Most typically light blue, but can be found in dark and green blues
  • Said to be the ‘sailors lucky stone’, and to be of help with arthritis, eye inflammation, sore throat and varicose veins

 

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