The name Aquamarine originates from the Latin word – aqua marina, “water of the sea”. This describes Aquamarine’s sea green to sky blue tones perfectly. It is better known for its light watery tones but in its finest colours & saturation, aquamarine will be rather deep in blue colour, which is very rare and expensive.
It is a variety of the Beryl family and is quite hard (Mohs hardness scale, 7.5 to 8) with a fine lustre. Aquamarine is sought after in all types of jewellery and is available in many shapes and sizes. Larger gems are particularly popular as the price per carat does not increase as dramatically as it does in Sapphire and Ruby.
Can I wear it every day? Yes, but it does depend on the type of jewellery it’s set into and what you are doing. We would recommend it only be worn for those who have office jobs and do not work with their hands or hard materials that danger it from significant impact.
Is Aquamarine a birthstone? Aquamarine is the birthstone for March.
Is Aquamarine expensive? In the lighter watery colours Aquamarine is quite affordable and good buying, however the deeper blue and blue/green colours, particularly in the larger sizes are very rare and expensive. Note: warning, in our experience over 40 years, far too many “blue Topaz” are being sold as Aquamarine.
What colours does Aquamarine come in? Light watery or silvery-blue to deeper mid-blues in colour, with an aqua blue/green range of colour and tone.
There are many alternative gemstone choices that have similar colour & visual characteristics to Aquamarine. If you’d like to learn more about your best options or arrange a personal gemstone viewing in our Parramatta studio, please call us on (02) 9689 3396 or contact us here.