Posted on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at 9:25 am by Pamela
If you were born in March, you're probably familiar with the gemstone aquamarine. If you want to dig deeper and find out about the history and qualities of this precious stone, you're in the right place.
Named after the Latin word, aqua (meaning seawater), its only slightly ironic that about 90% of the worlds aquamarine gemstones are mined in Brazil, a country with the 16th largest coastline. Although most of the aquamarine is found in Brazil, they are also mined in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique. Traditionally, aquamarine was thought to protect sailors and ensure a safe voyage out at sea. It is also believed that the gemstone cools the temper of the wearer to keep them calm.
Aquamarine is usually greenish-blue to blueish-green in color and derived from the mineral beryl, the same mineral from which emeralds are formed. Aquamarine is usually well formed and found in large, six sided crystals that can be up to a foot long. One stone found in Brazil weighed over 240 pounds. This makes aquamarine perfect for jewelry statement pieces and for collectors.
Imitations and value
If you’re unsure if your aqua jewelry is real or not, consult with your local jewelry professional. Some close imposters of aquamarine are blue topaz, sapphire or tanzanite. Blue Topaz is the most common imposter of aquamarine, especially in America. Jewelers can expect to pay up to 10 times more for bulk aquamarine than for bulk blue topaz. The biggest market for aquamarine gems is in Asia and Europe, where they hold a strong emphasis on asset value. If you’re looking for a gem to hold its value there’s no doubt that aquamarine is a good one to choose. America has watched Aquamarine hold it value during the mid 80s recession at a level only 20% below highs reached in the early 80s, while we’ve watched blue topaz drop to 10% of its original cost over time.
Aside from being the March birthstone, aquamarine is also the gemstone for the 19th wedding anniversary. So whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary or just looking for a gorgeous stone with a strong asset value, aquamarine should be considered for your next jewelry purchase. To check out our designs with aquamarine or to inquire about designing a custom piece of your own, visit our website.