GEMSTONE GUIDES

Aquamarine Guide

Reflecting the splendour of the ocean, aquamarine is a stunning gemstone with a rich history. In this guide we will explore the beauty, history, properties, and uses of aquamarine, a gemstone renowned for its mesmerising blue. Aquamarine has captivated the world for centuries, earning its place as a cherished treasure in the realm of gemstones.

GEMSTONE GUIDES

Aquamarine Guide

Reflecting the splendour of the ocean, aquamarine is a stunning gemstone with a rich history. In this guide we will explore the beauty, history, properties, and uses of aquamarine, a gemstone renowned for its mesmerising blue. Aquamarine has captivated the world for centuries, earning its place as a cherished treasure in the realm of gemstones.


GLOSSARY

Synthetic, laboratory grown, laboratory created, man-made, or cultured aquamarine: Lab grown aquamarine


MOHS Scale:  This tells us the Hardness (or strength) of a gemstone. Diamonds are the Hardest!


Heat Treating: The act of applying heat to a stone, bringing it to near-melting point to improve colour or clarity. 


Inclusions: An inclusion is a cavity or crystal cluster within a gemstone. These can cause problems if they form too close to the surface, and their presence will often decide the value of a stone.

What is aquamarine?

Aquamarine is a captivating gemstone known for its serene blue colour reminiscent of the clear waters of the sea. Belonging to the beryl mineral family, aquamarine is a gemstone that is widely loved for its distinct blue colouring and ocean like sparkle. Ranging in shades from pale sky blue to deep ocean blue, aquamarine is prized for its clarity, transparency, and brilliance.

Aquamarine meaning

Aquamarine is cherished for its calming energy and is often associated with qualities such as tranquility, clarity of mind, and emotional balance. Aquamarine also has a rich history, with ancient civilisations believing it to be a talisman for sailors, offering protection and ensuring safe voyages across the sea.

aquamarine value

As with any gemstone, an aquamarine's value can depend on the 4 C's, colour, clarity, carat and cut. More often than not, the price of an aquamarine is higher the deeper and more saturated blue colour that it holds, especially if they have exceptional clarity and brilliance. Larger gemstones with a higher carat weight are also often more valuable. Another factor that contributes to an aquamarines value is its cut, stones that are cut to a higher quality will have more brilliance and sparkle, meaning they command a higher price.


Overall, aquamarine is considered a moderately priced gemstone compared to other precious gems like diamonds or rubies, making it an accessible and sought-after choice!

Aquamarine Ring Inspiration

Aquamarine hardness

Aquamarine, ranging from 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, ranks among the tougher gemstones, making it an ideal choice for daily wear. Its robust hardness ensures resistance against scratches and abrasions, making aquamarine jewellery durable and long-lasting. However, while aquamarine is suitable for everyday use, it's crucial to handle your jewellery with care and avoid wearing it during activities such as exercise, showering, or cleaning to prevent potential damage and maintain its beauty for years to come.

Aquamarine rarity

Aquamarine is more common than gemstones such as sapphires and diamonds, meaning it has a lower price point than its rarer counterparts. But, if you're looking for a natural aquamarine that has exceptional clarity, vivid colour and larger size, you could struggle. Despite its availability, the rarity of top-quality aquamarines with desirable characteristics adds to their allure and value.

"I LOVE the ocean blues of aquamarine. Its beautiful sea tones make it an exquisite choice for jewellery. Aquamarine makes a great choice for an engagement ring because of its timeless beauty and it's resilience makes it perfect for every day wear."

BETH RICHARDSON, OFFICE MANAGER

Lab grown aquamarine

Lab grown aquamarine, also known as synthetic or cultured aquamarine, is created in laboratories using advanced techniques that replicate the natural formation process of aquamarine. Synthetic aquamarine holds the exact same chemical and visual characteristics as mined aquamarine. 


Lab grown aquamarine also gives the assurance of consistent quality, larger sized gemstones, control over colour and saturation and also ensures a reduced environmental impact compared to traditional mining methods. Lab grown gemstones are also a more ethical choice as they eliminate the possible social issues associated with mining. You can read more about how we operate on an ethical level here.

Where does aquamarine come from?

Natural aquamarines are sourced from various regions worldwide, including Brazil, Colombia, Pakistan, Madagascar, and Nigeria, each offering gemstones with distinct qualities. Brazilian aquamarines are celebrated for their deep blue hues and remarkable clarity, whereas Madagascar is renowned for producing stones ranging from pale blues to those with greenish hues. Aquamarines from Zambia, the United States, and Russia also contribute to this global supply, each with unique characteristics that enrich the diverse spectrum of aquamarines available on the market.

Aquamarine Colours

Aquamarine is renowned for its diverse range of blue hues, spanning from soft, cloudy tones to deep, oceanic blues. It can also exhibit hints of green and teal, with variations in colour intensity and the presence of inclusions contributing to the wide spectrum of aquamarine shades available. These unique characteristics make aquamarine a versatile and captivating gemstone, cherished for its natural beauty and distinct colour variations.

Caring for your aquamarine

Caring for your aquamarine is crucial to ensure it lasts a lifetime. Here are three simple steps to ensure your aquamarine jewellery keeps its sparkle:

- Avoid exposing aquamarine jewellery to harsh chemicals, such as household cleaners and perfumes, as they can damage the stone's appearance over time.

Store aquamarine jewellery separately from other pieces to prevent scratches, ideally in a soft pouch or lined jewellery box.

- Clean aquamarine jewellery regularly using a mild soap and water solution and a soft-bristled brush, gently scrubbing to remove dirt and debris, then rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a soft cloth. Avoid ultrasonic cleaners or steam cleaning methods, which can damage the stone.

If you're seeking expert care for your aquamarine piece, consider booking our Repair and Refresh service. Our jewellery professionals will provide the TLC your aquamarine piece deserves, ensuring it remains in pristine condition for years to come.

aquamarine FAQs

Are aquamarine stones expensive?

When compared to gemstones like diamonds, rubies, and sapphires, aquamarine is generally considered a more budget-friendly option. However, like any gemstone, the price of aquamarine is influenced by the traditional "4 C's": carat weight, cut, color, and clarity. This means that aquamarines with higher carat weights, expertly crafted cuts, vibrant colours, and clearer clarity will typically command higher prices.

Is aquamarine a precious stone?

Aquamarine is classified as a semi-precious gemstone rather than a precious stone. In the traditional gemstone hierarchy, precious gemstones include diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds, while semi-precious gemstones encompass a wide range of other gemstones, including aquamarine. However, it's important to note that the classification of gemstones as "precious" or "semi-precious" is more of a historical and cultural distinction rather than a reflection of their inherent value or beauty. Aquamarine is highly valued and cherished for its stunning blue colour and clarity, making it a sought-after gemstone in its own right.

Can aquamarine go in an ultrasonic cleaner?

Peridot is known for its varying hues of green, from bright lime to earthy olives, there's a shade of peridot for everyone!

Which month has aquamarine as its birthstone?

As the birthstone for March, aquamarine symbolises youth and health, making it a perfect emblem for the upcoming springtime months.

Is aquamarine a good investment?

 Generally, aquamarine is considered more of a collector's stone or a gemstone for jewelry rather than a traditional investment like diamonds or gold. While some high-quality aquamarines with exceptional color, clarity, and size can appreciate in value over time, it's important to note that gemstone investments can be speculative and subject to market fluctuations.