Aquamarine: An Ocean in a Stone

The birthstone for March, aquamarine’s name is derived from the Latin “Aqua” water and “Mare” sea water, creating beryllus aquamarinun, “beryl resembling seawater”. It has a long history and has been known as a sailor’s talisman for calm seas. Aquamarine also come from the same family of gemstones as Emerald, Morganite and Yellow beryl.

This lovely blue stone gets its colour from iron. Its blue range compliments almost any skin tone. Its colour varies from blue to a very slightly greenish blue and can vary in richness of colour. The best quality is a medium tone with a more intense blue colour, but the colour you select should be your personal preference. Most aquamarine is a very pale light greenish blue.

Aquamarine is almost always free of inclusions and is a good hardness making it suitable to most jewellery. If you want something with a little pop, try setting it in rose gold!

The Don Pedro is the world’s largest cut aquamarine. This gemstone sculpture was designed and faceted by famed gemstone cutter Bernd Munsteiner and took close to a year to complete. The original crystal was mined in Brazil in 1981, which is where most Aquamarine is found. The giant aquamarine found its way to Munsteiner in 1992. For the better part of the year he spent 4 months planning this amazing sculpture and 6 months cutting it.  This stunning obelisk stands 35 cm (13.75 in) tall, 10 cm (4 in) wide at the base, weighing 10,363 carats (about 4.6 lbs). The facets that Munsteiner cut into the stone are all in the back, you view them through the front, making the stone look like it is lit from within. After it was finished, it spend most of the 90’s and early 2000’s traveling the world, before being donated to the Smithsonian in 2011.

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