A Buyer's Guide to Aquamarines

Posted by Sam 05/15/2017 0 Comment(s)

 

Aquamarine is a semi-precious gemstone with a beautiful tropical water tone. You may know more about members of its family such as emeralds, morganite, all part of the beryls family.

 

A LITTLE HISTORY

 

Aquamarine's cool blue hues are reflected in its name, which comes from the Latin for "sea water". Medieval sages prescribed water touched by aquamarine for a host of ills, including those affecting the eyes and lungs. They promised the virtues of insight and ofresight to the gem's wearers. Aquamarine crystals can grow to huge sizes, and are ususally blessed with excellent clarity. Gem body colors range from greenish blue to blue-green in light tones. Brazil supplies the ost aquamarine to teh modern market.

 

 

AQUAMARINE JEWELRY QUALITY FACTOR

 

With a hardness of 71/2 to 8 on Mohs scale, Aquamarine stands right under currundums such as sapphires, and with its toughness graded as good, makes Aquamarines a great choice for jewelry makers.

A few important factors when selecting Aquamarines for jewelry:

  • One is its luster and clarity, Aquamarines with great luster in addition to a very eye clean clarity will be the first things you will notice when purchasing your Aquamarine from samNsue, we take pride of offering only the best. If your jewelry doesn't scream with sparkles, you won't fall in love with your Aquamarine the way we did.
  • Second is its color; the preference in color can vary with each individual, you may prefer a lighter blue to a stronger blue tone, some may prefer a greenish blue. samNsue offers as standard, a medium blue, our success rely on this unique color. But again, if you preference differs, feel free to ask us.
  • An important factor as why Aquamarines will make great jewelry and also great Aquamarine engagement rings: It is its cost, the affordability and availability make it a great option for engagement ring, eventhough Aquamarines are succeptible to scratch or get damage during your daily chors, the replacement of the gem is not significant compared to sapphires, ruby or diamonds.

 

 

TECHNICAL ASPECT AND MAINTENANCE

 

Few people outside the gem industry realize the true nature of a gemstone’s journey from the mine to the counter of a store. Whether the gem is being offered to consumer’s at a traditional jewelry store’s counter, an internet shopping site, or a television broadcast the journey always involves a great deal of effort. Tons of earth and countless hours of labor are needed to being a gem from mine to market. samNsue will only offer genuine earth mined Aquamarines, most commonly heat treated, this treatment is stable and permanent and undectectable.

 

Rough Aquamarine (image from GIA.edu)

 

Most beryls including Aquamarine are oil magnets, if worn on a daily basis while maintaining your daily activity such as house chors, workout, gardening etc...Aquamarines may attract all kind of residue and make it appear milky and unattractive. We recommend taking your ring or jewelry off during those activities, but there is an easy remedy if you get your Aquamarine dirty, a simple home made cleaning tips: https://samnsue.com/blog/how-to-clean-morganite-jewelry

 

 

OUR POPULAR AQUAMARINE RINGS

 

We have a wide selection of Aquamarine rings, many of those are even ordered as Aquamarine engagement rings.

OTHER BERYLS

The most popular and famous beryl is the emerald, a lush green gem often mined in Colombia. Also mined in Colombia and many other countries, the peachy pink hues of Morganites make it another popular beryl (What's Morganite?). And lastly under rated and we will be adding more of the yellow cousins of Aquamarine: the Heliodor.

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