Aquamarine Stone - Meanings, Types, and Care Guide
Aquamarine is often referred to as the sea blue stone because of its color reminiscent of the sea. It's a Beryl gemstone that has a blue to greenish-blue color.
If you were born in March, you're lucky enough to have aquamarine as your birthstone. Because Aquamarine has long been a symbol of youth, health, and hope. Also, its serene color is said to bring peace and calming powers to its owner. In addition, this gemstone creates a beautiful accent for spring and summer wardrobes.
Emerald is very close to Aquamarine because both are formed from beryl minerals. The color and hardness are not much different. But the Emerald clarity level tends to be blurry and full of inclusions. While the original Aquamarine stone has a very good level of clarity and transparency.
Aquamarine hardness like other Beryl types ranges from 7.5 to 8 Mohs scale, so it is quite hard and durable. Dark blue Aquamarine is the most sought after and very valuable.
The most well-known producer of Aquamarine stone is Brazil, with many mines that are spread throughout most of the country. Other Aquamarine stones are also found in Australia, Myanmar (Burma), China, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and other locations in the United States. In Karur, India, it has recently become the largest supplier of Aquamarine.
Aquamarine color variations between green, light green, blue, light blue, dark blue and navy blue. The more saturated the color, the higher the price. Although almost all of these stones usually have a light blue color.
Highly saturated blue is the most sought after color, but very rarely in big size. In addition, Aquamarine types that have the effect of cat eyes are usually more expensive. Especially those that have a Star effect which is very rare and very valuable.
Color intensity is one of the most important criteria when evaluating colored gems. But unlike other gemstones, the price of Aquamarine will not decrease by the intensity of the weak color. Because almost most people are looking for gemstones that crystallize clearly.
Low-quality stones are usually heated at a temperature of 725-850F or 400-450C to increase the color to a more attractive blue Aquamarine. However, heating at a higher temperature will damage the color.
How to Identify Aquamarine
Aquamarine stone has the chemical formula Be3Al2 (SiO3) 6, usually can be identified through its unique ocean blue, harder, and shiny. In addition, this stone has a very good level of clarity and transparency compared to other similar gems. So the color intensity and level of clarity are the most important criteria when evaluating these stones, then the quality of the pieces.
Aquamarine Beryl has color because of the presence of iron elements. Also, its six-sided crystal structures make this stone can easily distinguish from other blue-green gemstones.
According to the book which was entitled The Book of Stones, Aquamarine can help overcome the fear of speaking. So this stone is an excellent stone for teachers and presenters of all types. Its because Aquamarine relaxes speakers to a stage of consciousness in which they are fully aware of their own truths, wisdom, feelings, and able to articulate them with clarity and conviction. It also allows one to speak clearly and without anger in difficult situations.
Furthermore, in the book which was entitled Love Is In The Earth, Melody said that Aquamarine emits gentle and compassionate energy, promoting moderation and responsibility for ones' actions. It inspires judgmental people to be more tolerant and helps those overwhelmed by the responsibility to find order.
As a love crystal, Cassandra Eason in her book that was entitled The New Crystal Bible said that pale blue Aquamarine encourages a lover to return, helps two people with different lifestyles to live together in harmony, and reduces the effects of sensitive issues that cause quarrels. Aquamarine is often given as a love token or eternity ring, and increases commitment and fidelity "as long as the waters of the earth flow."
Aquamarine Care Guide
Aquamarine stone is one type of gemstone that is more durable than others but still requires careful handling. Avoid using Aquamarine stone jewelry when working with hard chemicals. To prevent scratches, always keep Aquamarine stones separate from other types of gemstones or jewelry.
When cleaning, use warm water and soap and dry the Aquamarine stone and the jewelry using a soft tissue or cloth. Make sure to rinse the Aquamarine stone cleanly to remove any soap residue. Wrap the Aquamarine stone with a soft cloth when storing it, or put it in a fabric-coated box.