Aquamarine is a gemstone which ranges from sky blue to sea green. Like emerald, aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl and the name comes from the Latin term 'aquamarina' meaning 'water of the sea.' It is an extremely versatile stone that works in any type of jewellery, whether it's a vintage style cocktail ring or a simple pair of aquamarine earrings. The gemstone suits many cuts and settings and all skin tones. It is also the traditional birthstone for the month of March so a piece of aquamarine jewellery from our range at H.Samuel would make a great gift for a March birthday.
Aquamarine's value is determined by colour, clarity, cut and crystal. Crystal refers to the transparency of the gemstone while colour is measured by its hue, saturation and tone. The blue tone in aquamarine is caused by the presence of corundum and the darker the hue, the more valuable the gem. The darkest colour, known as maxixe, is the most valuable.
Aquamarine is one of the only gemstones found with almost perfect clarity. It needs to be 'eye flawless,' meaning no impurities can be seen with the naked eye.
Hard wearing, but unlike its close relative emerald aquamarine is not brittle, so it can be cut any way. It is most often cut rectangular to make the most of its pale colour. It's important that the cut shows sparkle from all areas of the gemstone.
You can take care of your aquamarine jewellery by cleaning it with a small, soft brush and warm water. Where possible avoid exposure to heat or light as this may cause the gemstone to lose its colour.
Aquamarine is sourced from many areas of the world including mines in Columbia, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya.Shop all aquamarine jewellery now