by John Brana July 22, 2022
Aquamarine means “sea water” in Latin, alluding to its color. Most natural colored aquamarine is a light blue-green or even light green variety of beryl. Prior to the 1900’s this was the preferred color for aquamarine. Today, aquamarine is routinely heat-treated to remove the green component, thereby producing a permanently colored blue stone. Quite large stones, ranging from several carats to more than ten carats are relatively common.
The most common cut is the emerald type, although mixed oval or pear-shaped cuts are no infrequent. The more intense the blue color, the more valuable the stone. Under magnification, aquamarines usually have a high transparency and clarity. They are also very durable and their color is evenly distributed. Most aquamarine comes from Brazil, where crystals weighing several kilos have been found. Other deposits include Russia, Madagascar, India, Ireland, the United States, and recently Afghanistan.
Aquamarine is commonly believed to be the stone of courage and its calming energies are said to reduce stress and quiet the mind. In ancient times, aquamarine was believed to counteract the forces of darkness and procure favor from the spirits of light. I was commonly carried by sailors as a talisman against drowning.
The above set of earrings, bracelet, and necklace features faceted aquamarine and amazonite nuggets on hammered fine silver and can be found in my SoMa Collection along with many other selections in hammered fine silver, copper, 14K Gold Filled, 14K, and 18K Gold.
Q1: What is the natural color of Aquamarine?
Aquamarine naturally exhibits a light blue-green or even light green hue. However, modern aquamarines are often heat-treated to remove the green component, resulting in a pure blue stone.
Q2: What is the most common cut for Aquamarine?
The emerald cut is the most common for aquamarines. However, mixed oval or pear-shaped cuts are also frequently used to enhance the stone's inherent beauty and showcase its intense blue color and high transparency.
Q3: Where does Aquamarine come from?
Brazil is the largest producer of aquamarines globally. Other significant sources include Russia, Madagascar, India, Ireland, and the United States. Recently, Afghanistan has also emerged as a promising source of this gemstone.
Q4: What does Aquamarine symbolize?
Aquamarine is commonly believed to be the stone of courage and serenity. It was carried by sailors as a talisman against drowning in ancient times and was thought to counteract dark forces while attracting spirits of light.
Q5: Where can I find Aquamarine jewelry?
You can find exquisite aquamarine jewelry pieces in John S Brana's SoMa Collection. The collection features handcrafted earrings, bracelets, and necklaces set with faceted aquamarines on hammered fine silver or gold settings.
John S Brana, based in San Francisco, is the founder of John S Brana Handmade Jewelry with over two decades of expertise in crafting distinctive handcrafted pieces. Transitioning from a finance and banking career in 2004, John manages everything from design to marketing. His modern, urban-inspired creations have graced fashion editorials, resonating with stylish, adventurous enthusiasts who value exquisite craftsmanship and luxury. Every piece narrates a distinct tale, mirroring the wearer's individuality.
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