The blue-green shade of this lovely stone led to its being called aquamarine, which is a combination of the Latin words for water and sea. The blue and/or green colors of this stone coordinate with many outfits, a fact which has no doubt contributed to aquamarine’s popularity.
Aquamarine can range in color from pale blue, to blue-green to deep blue. Of these, deep blue is the most coveted and costly. The amount of iron present affects the shade of the stone. Consumers should be aware that heat can be applied to these stones to give them a more desirable shade of blue. Aquamarine stones that have been heat treated should be marked as such, and should be less costly than untreated stones of the same shade.
Aquamarine and Blue Topaz
Some consumers mistake blue topaz for aquamarine. While blue topaz is also a beautiful blue gem, it is not as valuable as aquamarine, so be sure you know which gem you’re purchasing.
Aquamarine is a form of beryl, as is emerald, but aquamarine is not so brittle as emerald, making it a good choice for jewelry that will be worn often. Aquamarine measures between 7 and 8 on the Mohs scale, a tool for measuring gem hardness. In comparison, diamond, the hardest known natural substance, measures a ten. Aquamarine’s hardness level means that it is less likely to scratch, chip or crack then softer stones.
Although aquamarine is from the same family as emerald, unlike emerald, it is easy to find aquamarines with excellent clarity, even in larger stones.
There is quite a bit of folklore associated with the aquamarine. It is the birthstone for anyone born in the month of March. It is said that one who wears aquamarine earrings will attract love and affection. It was once believed that these stones could protect a sailor at sea. Some say when aquamarine appears in a dream, it symbolizes making friends. Aquamarine is also known as a symbol of health, hope and youth.
Aquamarine Jewelry as Gifts
Aquamarine's durability and attractive shade makes it an excellent choice for a gift. While aquamarine fashion jewelry makes a great gift for anyone, it makes a particularly apt present for anyone with a March birthday. It also works for the mother of a child born in March as part of a mother’s ring. The stone can also be part of an engagement ring. Aquamarine cufflinks, earrings, pendants, rings, lapel pins and more are available. Budget conscious gift givers might consider this lovely stone set in silver rather than gold to bring the price of the piece down.