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All About Aquamarines

 

The ancient philosopher Pliny said, “the lovely aquamarine, which seems to have come from some mermaid’s treasure house, in the depths of a summer sea, has charms not to be denied.”

We couldn't agree more! Aquamarine, the birthstone of March, is said to promote calm, clarity, and courage. The precious gemstone also has healing and purifying properties. Ranging from greenish aqua to clear sky blue, the most valuable aquamarine stones are vibrant bright blue in color, with no traces of yellow. The name comes from the Latin aqua marina, meaning 'seawater'.

 

 

Aquamarine is the blue form of a mineral called Beryl. (The green form of this mineral is the emerald.) An array of aquamarines is like looking at a variety of bodies of water, many different shades of blue. The most popular is rich sky blue. Almost all aquamarines on the market have been heat treated to enhance their vibrant blue color. The stone is 7.5 - 8 on the Moh's scale.

 

 

How to Care for Your Aquamarine:

The best way to clean your aquamarine jewelry is with plain, warm soapy water and an old tooth brush. Make sure you rinse it off well with plain water, and be sure to use warm water instead of hot water, to reduce the dangers of thermal shock. Enzyme cleaners and detergent should be avoided for they can cause allergic reactions. It is not advisable to clean aquamarine in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. Avoid contact with cosmetics, hairspray, perfume or household chemicals.

 

Shop our Aquamarine Collection here, and see some of our favorite pieces below!

 

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