How much do you truly know about Aquamarine?

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How much do you truly know about Aquamarine?

March’s birthstone is Aquamarine, with it’s mesmerising colour ranges from a deep blue to a pale blue it’s no wonder it has strong links to the sea. A perfect birthstone for March, as one of its star sign being Pisces who’s element pair is water and of all the zodiac signs, only the Pisces has a strong relationship with water.  Also Aquamarine makes a fabulous addition to any spring wardrobe and have we, got a stunning range here at onyx!

 

Fun Facts 

  • The name aquamarine was derived by the Romans, “Aqua,” meaning water, and “Mare,” meaning sea, because it looked like sea water.

  • Naturally occurring deep blue stones are the most prized because they are rare and expensive so if you’re wishing to show a special person how much they mean to you Aquamarine is prefect! And with Mother’s day just around the corner what better gemstone to convey how much you care.

  • The best commercial source of aquamarines is in Brazil. High quality stones are also found in Colombia, the Ural Mountains of Russia, the island of Malagasy, and India. In the United States, Colorado, Maine, and North Carolina are the best sources.

Aquamarine and it’s powers

Beginning in the Roman period, Aquamarine was believed to possess medicinal and healing powers, curing ailments of the stomach, liver, jaws, and throat. During the Middle Ages, it was believed to be an effective antidote against poison. Aquamarines were thought to be the source of power for soothsayers, who called it the “magic mirror,” and used it for telling fortunes and answering questions about the future. It is said that Emperor Nero used it as an eyeglass 2,000 years ago.

Wedding Gift traditions 

Aquamarine is said to be a traditional gift for a 19th wedding anniversary. Over time this gift has changed to anything to do with the colour aquamarine, but the gift was originally meant to be aquamarine jewellery.

Hardness

Aquamarine registers between a 7 and an 8 on Mohs scale. This is the unit of measurement that is used to test the hardness of different kinds of gemstones. In comparison, a diamond measures 10 on the hardness scale, so aquamarine is relatively hard and will withstand daily wear. Meaning Aquamarine is a perfect alternative to a diamond when choosing a gemstone for an engagement ring and we have a few stunners for you.

Hardness

Aquamarine registers between a 7 and an 8 on Mohs scale. This is the unit of measurement that is used to test the hardness of different kinds of gemstones. In comparison, a diamond measures 10 on the hardness scale, so aquamarine is relatively hard and will withstand daily wear. Meaning Aquamarine is a perfect alternative to a diamond when choosing a gemstone for an engagement ring and we have a few stunners for you.

Aquamarine as Jewellery  

The uses of aquamarine in jewellery are extensive. It makes lovely rings, pendants, earrings and other bespoke jewellery items all of which look stunning when set in Silver or when its set in white gold because the cool white of the metal sets off the light blue colour of the stone. Pop in to store today to see our collection or you can view parts of it on line at: https://www.onyxgoldsmiths.co.uk/?s=aquamarine

Whether you are lucky enough to have aquamarine as your birthstone or you just enjoy the stone for its natural beauty, think about some of the new found facts you’ve learnt  for the next time you encounter this gem.

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