What could make an aquamarine gemstone expensive?

The importance of the aquamarine


 

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1. Which gemstone family does the aquamarine belong to?
2. What are the properties of the aquamarine?
3. The color of the aquamarine
4. Where does the aquamarine occur?
5. What are aquamarines used for?
6. How much does an aquamarine cost?
7. Are there any imitations that look exactly like the aquamarine?
8. What are the effects of the aquamarine?
9. Aquamarine jewelry


 

 

They owe their name to the incredible attraction of the deep oceans, calm lakes and tropical waters: the aquamarines. Its color, which resembles the sea water, radiates deep calm, because the green-blue colors blend into a harmonious wave of peace and security. They are just as unfathomable and attractive as the dazzling underwater world, because every single stone tells its own story, which casts everyone under a magical spell. But how does the gemstone get its color and such impressive charisma? What distinguishes its value and what can the gemstone do as a healing stone?

1. Which gemstone family does the aquamarine belong to?

The aquamarine is a beryl. The gemstones of the beryl group come in different colors. A green beryl is an emerald and a blue beryl is an aquamarine. Beryls in all other colors are called noble beryl. Examples of noble beryls are the yellow heliodorus, the red bixbit, the pink morganite and the colorless goshenite.

2. What are the properties of the aquamarine?

Its name is made up of the colors that an aquamarine can have - the sea colors from dark blue to turquoise to a shimmering, very light light blue. Translated, aquamarine means "water of the sea". The name is composed of the Latin words "aqua" for water and "mare" for sea and thus describes the appearance of the aquamarine, which is similar to the color of sea water.

Care should be taken when working with an aquamarine or when wearing jewelry with aquamarines because the gemstone is pressure-sensitive.

Aquamarines have a vivid glass shine, and inclusions can in rare cases lead to a cat's eye effect or a star effect (asterism).

There are some special aquamarines named after where they were found. Santa Maria is the quality designation for particularly fine aquamarines. The quality designation for fine aquamarines from Mozambique is Sant-Maria-Africana. A maxix aquamarine is a deep blue aquamarine whose color fades in daylight.

Aquamarines are purer than emeralds and are usually free of inclusions and cracks. That makes them more workable than emeralds. In addition, aquamarines are characterized by a beautiful, even color distribution.

There is a risk of confusion with an aquamarine with light blue tourmaline, topaz and zircon due to their similar appearance. Although not necessarily based on appearance, a distinction is still possible on the basis of density.

3. The color of the aquamarine

Aquamarines have a wide variety of colors. From a slightly shimmering, brightly shining blue to a blending blue-green to an intense deep blue, each stone has its very own individual color. A deep blue is most sought after in the gem market and jewelry processing, although turquoise tones used to be more popular.

The aquamarine owes its enchanting blue color to iron, which is responsible for the blue variety of beryl.

If aquamarines do not have as strong a blue as is desired in the jewelry market, the gemstones are usually heated at high temperatures. This achieves the coveted aquamarine blue. However, the temperature must not exceed 450 ° C, otherwise the aquamarine will become discolored. If no other information is available, it must be assumed that the aquamarine was distilled, because this method is used very often. The aquamarine blue can also be achieved by neutron irradiation and gamma irradiation. In contrast to the color achieved by heating, this color is then not stable.

4. Where does the aquamarine occur?

Aquamarines are igneous and occur in host rock. They are found in pegmatites, granite and also in weathering residues, especially in connection with tourmaline, quartz and albite.

Reserves for aquamarines are located all over the world. The most important supplier is Brazil, where aquamarines are mined in many parts of the country. The once very important sources in Russia (Urals) are now almost exhausted. The aquamarine is also found in Australia, China, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia and the USA.

Did you know that the largest aquamarine weighed 110.5 kg and was 42 cm in diameter? It was found in Marambaya / Brazil in 1910. Several smaller gemstones were then cut from this aquamarine and processed. Larger aquamarines have also been found, but these stones were of no gem quality.

5. What are aquamarines used for?

The aquamarine is a very popular gemstone due to its attractive blue color and it is often worn on rings, necklaces and earrings. The types of cut with which it is worked the most are the step cut and the scissor cut. The cabochon cut is also sometimes used. Above all, cloudy aquamarines are made into cabochons because these stones with a different cut would not have such a fascinating effect. Aquamarines are also good balls for elegant necklaces.

6. How much does an aquamarine cost?

In the case of beryls, the color intensity is generally responsible for the price. That is why the gemstones are so often embellished. The aquamarine is a precious gemstone and has a higher value than the externally similar blue topaz, which is often issued as aquamarine. Basically, the more intense the color of the aquamarine, the more expensive the gemstone becomes, as the color closest to sea water is very rare.

7. Are there any imitations that look exactly like the aquamarine?

Imitations of aquamarines are made from bluish glass. The gemstones can also be made synthetically, but a commercially available synthetic aquamarine is usually a synthetic spinel with the color of the aquamarine. A distinction can be made with the help of density and hardness, and it is worthwhile to have the stones checked before buying.

8. What are the effects of the aquamarine?

According to legend, the aquamarine is said to have been a lucky stone for sailors. In severe storms at sea, they threw amulets with aquamarines into the water to appease Poseidon, the god of the sea.

Aquamarine not only brings luck to sailors, it also has an intoxicating aura that can heal many problems. Worn on a chain, the aquamarine helps with respiratory diseases, for example. It is also said to help against skin allergies and hay fever, as well as neck pain and nerve pain. It helps the eyes to regain their sight, for example after long work on the computer. It has a calming and balancing effect on the stomach and thyroid. The aquamarine is said to help improve asthma in combination with emerald or green jade.

The aquamarine has a positive effect on the psyche of people, makes you relaxed and intuitive, and is even supposed to give a boost to the happiness of love. The aquamarine is known as the "seers' stone".

9. Aquamarine jewelry

Jewelry with aquamarines looks cool, luxurious and seductive. As a single large gemstone on a discreet collar, with many small aquamarines on a cute pendant or pompous on a ladies' ring, the aquamarine is suitable for almost any piece of jewelry. The noble aquamarine goes particularly well with an elegant black dress or beautiful evening wear and makes the outfit perfect. On special occasions such as weddings or Christmas, aquamarine jewelry always looks noble and appropriate.

Let yourself be carried away into the depths of the water world and discover the endless expanses and possibilities of aquamarine. Immerse yourself in the range of gemstone jewelry that is offered to you at Schmuckladen.de and let yourself be drawn into the spell of the gemstones.