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Aquamarine

By Gemporia

One of the most popular blue gemstones, Aquamarine is steeped in myths and legends. Known as the gem of the sea, even the name ‘Aquamarine’ comes from the Latin ‘aqua’ for ‘water’ and ‘mare’ for ‘sea’. Aquamarine can have wonderful clarity, meaning that it dazzles with a bright, energetic sparkle.

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ORIGINS

Aquamarine can be found in Brazil and countries in the Mozambique geological belt in Africa. Darker shades of Aquamarine tend to be cloudier, whereas cleaner stones are often very light in hue. The most sought after of all is from the Espirito Santo region of Brazil. Aquamarine from this region is the perfect balance of clarity and hue, giving a soft, feminine pastel blue colour and a play of light reminiscent of the sun’s rays dancing off a shallow tropical sea.

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MEANING

It is easy to see why Aquamarine has always been associated with the sea. Used in jewellery since at least 500BC, its tropical sea blue has inspired many legends throughout the years. Believed to be the treasure of mermaids, it was often worn by sailors and travellers as a talisman to protect against shipwreck and to ward off travel sickness. At a monastery near the original Espirito Santo mine, the monks call the gem The Divine Stone and wear it in amulets, recognising the heavenly blue colour’s calming influence during their hours of silence.

"A prized blue gemstone with unparalleled clarity and a soft, delicate tone, which radiates life, vibrancy and brilliance."

CHARACTERISTICS

A member of the Beryl family, Aquamarine is related to Emerald and Morganite. Known for its glorious cool blue colour, Aquamarine is sometimes found with delicate greenish hues. These colours are caused by iron impurities within the gem. Aquamarine from the prized Espirito Santo region manages to possess a unique and intense brilliance that reflects off the internal facets and exudes a compelling sparkle that dances throughout the stone.

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