Aquamarine Engagement Rings
Aquamarines are pale blue, light blue-green, or light-green members of the beryl family. The term “aquamarine” is derived from the Latin word for seawater. Its trademark blue color is due to the presence of iron ions during formation; however, the blue hue of these stones can be enhanced with heat treatments. Aquamarines are not uncommon gemstones and can be found in Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho. Internationally, aquamarines are mined in Brazil, Colombia, Zambia, Kenya, and Madagascar. Commonly, aquamarines are found in rock cavities and gravel deposits.
As other beryls, aquamarines rates between 7.5 and 8.0 on the Mohs Hardness Scale with a hexagonal dihexagonal dipyramidal structure. Aquamarines are among the hardest and least-occluded gemstones sold.
Historically, aquamarines have been valued for their vastly-different color varieties. During the 1800s, the blue-green varieties were the most sought-after; however, today, the more “true blue” the color, the more valuable the gem. Ancient Romans would engrave the figure of a frog onto an aquamarine and bestow it as a gift to their enemies to mend broken relationships. Another Roman legend states that aquamarines absorb the “atmosphere of young love” and bless the couple’s marriage. Furthermore, these gems were the gift of choice to a bride by her groom following their wedding night as a symbol of her love and faithfulness. During Medieval times, aquamarines were believed to revitalize love between married couples; a similar tradition holds true today as aquamarines are a common 19th wedding anniversary gift.
Using Aquamarines in an Engagement Ring
Aquamarines are an ideal choice for engagement rings due to their unique color, clarity, and durability. As with all gemstones, cut, color, clarity, and carat should be considered when purchasing a stone. Fortunately, the color tone of aquamarines universally flatters all skin tones and works well with all metal types and settings. Additionally, these gems are often free of inclusions or imperfections with a brilliant luster that will not fade over time.
Most often, aquamarines are cut into oval or pear shapes. Aquamarines are among the easier gems to cut and can be found in unusual shapes, including flower, hexagon, and pyramid. These one-of-a-kind cuts are ideal for the partner with a quirky, unique personality.
Furthermore, aquamarines are an ideal choice for the partner who prefers low-maintenance jewelry that is highly durable. These gemstones are also optimal for couples with restricted budgets as the wide price range makes aquamarines accessible to anyone on a variety of budgets.
Aquamarines have higher hardness than many other gemstones. This hardness combined with its crystal structure makes it one of the toughest gemstones. However, larger stones should be placed in settings that are stronger as they are more likely to be knocked during daily wear. Furthermore, sharp corners should be protected by prongs as they are more likely to chip. Aquamarines can be placed in ultrasonic cleaners as long as there are no obvious inclusions that may worsen if cleaned in this fashion. Using soapy water and a damp cloth is a safe way to consistently clean your aquamarine gemstone.
Custom Aquamarine Rings by Caesar's Designs
If you are shopping for an aquamarine engagement ring we hope you found this page helpful. You may be interested learning more on the engagement ring settings, the choosing the right metal, or the engagement ring band styles pages.
If you have any questions about designing unique aquamarine engagement rings or wedding bands please do not hesitate to contact us, at 412.621.0345. Caesar is a certified gemologist and has over 25 years of experience designing one of a kind engagement rings.