The Wave of Blue You Desire
Aquamarine is the official birthstone of March. Aquamarine derives from Latin’s aqua (water) marina (of the sea). This gemstone ranges in colour from green to blue-green to teal. Aquamarine distinctively references the similarity of its colour to that of the sea! This gemstone’s colour is dependent on the amount of iron present within its gem structure.
Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl family, alongside Emerald and Morganite. There are Aquamarine mines in specific areas of Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
Aquamarine gemstones are generally light in tone, but heat treatment can permanently improve their colour and clarity. The treatment adds value to the gemstone because of the colour improvement; bringing out its gorgeous blue tones. Additionally, heat treatment does not harmfully affect the stone or change the its structure!
Aquamarine has a hardness between 7.0 and 8.0 on Mohs scale, making it a durable stone. This allows Aquamarine to be set in a variety of jewellery pieces, perfect for daily wear. Aquamarine is often set in Sterling Silver or White Gold as they accentuate the stones’ colour. This is a popular trend, but the gemstone is not at all limiting! In fact, these gems look stunning set in Rose Gold, too. Regardless, the gemstone has a remarkably high clarity and sparkles at every facet!