AQUAMARINE: March Birthstone
"The aquamarine... has the glassy tint of the waves of the sea." - Charles Blanc
Family & Location of the Aquamarine
Aquamarine and The 4 C's
- Color: Aquamarine’s preferred color is a moderately strong dark blue to slightly greenish blue. The color of aquamarine can usually be improved by heating. Most stones in the retail market are heat treated to reduce the green/blue color and improve the blue color. Aquamarine’s color can range from almost clear to a deep blue depending on the heat it is exposed to. The more saturated the color, the higher the value, although almost all aquamarine is typically a lighter blue tone.
- Cut: Aquamarine is available in both faceted and cabochon cuts. They can be cut into almost any shape but the most favored cut for aquamarine is an emerald step-cut. Brilliant cuts with long or rectangular shapes are considered to complement the stone best. Aquamarine is a relatively easy stone to cut and is rated a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. The Mohs scale is universally used around the world as a way of distinguishing gems and minerals. It runs from 1 being the softest to 10 being the hardest. This means that aquamarine is a relatively durable stone and works well in jewelry.
- Clarity: Aquamarine is a Type1 gemstone, which means that most high-quality, faceted aquamarine gemstones are eye-clean and lack visible inclusions. Some crystals might contain liquid inclusions but clarity characteristics are few or even absent in most finished gems. Aquamarine stones with inclusions that are visible to the naked eye are usually made into cabochons or beads.
- Carat weight: Aquamarine occurs naturally in large formations and for that reason, the cost per carat does not increase with size. Aquamarine crystals range from being tiny to very large. Many very large aquamarine crystals have been discovered. The largest gem-quality aquamarine crystal mined to date was found in 1910, in the 'Minas Gerais' mine in Marambaya, Brazil. It weighed 244 lbs. and measured 19 inches long and 15 inches in diameter. It was cut into gemstones that had a total weight of more than 100,000 carats.
Aquamarine Jewelry in Boca Raton
If you are looking for the perfect gift for a March birthday or a special way to show your spouse just how much you love them on your 19th wedding anniversary, visit Devon's Diamonds & Decor. Our jewelry store is located in the Royal Palm Place shopping center in Boca Raton, FL. (561)430-6988