Known for its distinctive blue hue, Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. It has long been associated with youthfulness, good health, and hope because of its unique shade.
Aquamarine is often set in fine jewelry and combines metals like silver or white gold. The combination of these colors can give an outfit a summery feel. Often associated with the ocean, the mesmerizing blue color of the turquoise ranges from pale to deep blue.
Where Do Aquamarines Come From?
Aquamarine was once thought only to be found in Brazil and other parts of South America. However, the stone is now mined on almost every continent. Natural Aquamarine occurs in Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Russia. These are some of the countries where it is found. At National Facetes, we responsibly source Aquamarine from around the world to bring you only but the finest and most pure of its kind.
The most common form of Aquamarine on the market today is faceted, but it can also be cut as a cabochon, which produces an asterism effect similar to that of a cat's eye.
How to ensure the quality of Aquamarine?
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHY DOES AQUAMARINE COST SO MUCH MORE THAN BLUE TOPAZ THAT'S ALMOST THE SAME COLOR?
A: Blue topaz is more common because the color is produced by treating colorless topaz with radiation. Aquamarine is rarer in nature, especially in fine color. Its long history as a gem also adds to its collectibility.
Q: WHY DON'T THE AQUAMARINE SIDE STONES IN MY RING MATCH THE CENTER STONE?
A: Aquamarine’s color gets more intense as it gets larger. It is very difficult to find small sizes with saturated color: most stones below a carat in size have a pale color.
Q: ARE ORIGINS LIKE “SANTA MARIA” IMPORTANT TO THE VALUE OF AQUAMARINES?
A: Although it’s always interesting to know where a gem was mined, origin isn’t an important factor in an aquamarine’s value. Famous mines are well regarded because they produce fine-quality gems that are valuable; gems aren’t fine or valuable just because they come from famous mines.
Q: WHAT IS AAA-QUALITY AQUAMARINE?
A: Although individual companies might create their own quality descriptions, like AAA, AA and A, to denote the range of quality of their goods, no standard quality-grading scales exist for aquamarine.