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Gem in the Spotlight: Aquamarine

Discover the history and beauty of this amazing gemstone

Aquamarine jewelry and loose stones
A subtly beautiful & elegant gem

Aquamarine derives its name from the Latin which literally means “seawater,” a tribute to its beautiful blue color. As a member of the beryl family, Aquamarine has some illustrious cousins in addition to a rich tradition of its own.

The Mythology of Aquamarine

Long associated with tranquility and happiness, aquamarine was also thought to instill courage, cure laziness, and sharpen the intellect. The ancient Greeks used aquamarine often in jewelry believing it captured the true spirit of the sea.

aquamarine was believed to guarantee a happy marriage

Best known for its beautiful blue color, aquamarine was used to bring happiness, eternal youth, and control passion. In the body, aquamarine was thought to reduce swelling, prevent convulsions, heal liver ailments, calm nerves, and strengthen many organs. Spiritually, aquamarine has been used in meditation to enhance clarity of the mind and to banishing fears and phobias.

Aquamarine is a universal symbol of youth, hope, and health. In ancient times, the stone was said to aid seafarers. Sailors often wore amulets of aquamarine to give them courage and tame the ocean waves. One myth says, “to dream of aquamarine signifies the making of new friends.” Another saying is, “to wear aquamarine earrings brings love and affection.”

Aquamarine as a precious stone has always been popular. In ancient times, the aquamarine was believed to instill courage in those who wore them.  Ancient Indians wore aquamarine in amulets, and the Egyptians carved it into talismans. In the Middle Ages, aquamarine was believed to guarantee a happy marriage and inspire mutual fidelity in newlyweds.

The Gemology of Aquamarine

Loose fantasy cut aquamarine
Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family

Like emerald, aquamarine is a member of the beryl family. Unlike emerald, it is frequently free of flaws and often occurs in large crystals. Aquamarine’s main pigment comes from iron.  The color spectrum of aquamarine varies from very pale blue to a deep blue, the finest specimens being the deepest in color.

Brazil is the most prolific supplier of aquamarine where it is often found in shades of blue-green. Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone for March, and it is also the accepted anniversary gem for the 19th year of marriage.

To maintain the brilliance of this beautiful gemstone, it should be immersed in jewelry cleaner or in lukewarm soapy water and cleaned with a small bristle brush.  Do not use a home ultrasonic machine with aquamarine jewelry.

Aquamarine is more than a birth stone. Its beauty is in its purity of color. The blue green hue is not overpowering but an understated appeal. It has an elegance and subtlety that is lost with more vibrant gemstones.

If you are looking for the perfect piece of aquamarine jewelry, you have come to the right place. At Arden Jewelers, our gemologists understand and appreciate the natural beauty of color gems, and we find mountings that accentuate this beauty as much as possible. You can browse our collection online or visit the store to see even more examples of this beautiful and enchanting gemstone.

  1. Art Deco Inspired Oval Aquamarine Ring with Baguette Diamond Halo

    Art Deco Inspired Oval Aquamarine Ring with Baguette Diamond Halo

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    Mother circle necklace with 2 gemstones in white metal

    Mother’s Circle Necklace with Gemstones


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