The Aquamarine

Transparent fine stone, beryl variety with a blue-green colour.

Known since antiquity, aquamarine belongs to the beryl family, the most famous of which is emerald. From its “ocean blue” color comes its Latin name aqua marina, sea water.

The aquamarine found on the market comes mainly from Brazil (Minas Gerais, Bahia, Espirito Santo). However, the mountainous regions of Madagascar provide the most beautiful specimens: their natural color is the most appreciated (blue-blue and not blue-green). In addition to these two places of extraction, the main deposits are in Burma, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Russia (the Urals), Afghanistan and the United States.

Aquamarine always has a pastel blue color but the darker the color, the more expensive the stone.

As aquamarine is a stone mainly found in lighter shades, the size will be very important to the overall appearance as the more intense the color, the higher the price of the stone.

Aquamarine has a good hardness (7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale) and an amazing luster.

Its hardness, which makes it a resistant stone, protects it adequately from scratches. It is the iron that gives it its color and the blue it possesses ranges from very pale and almost non-existent to ultramarine blue.

It ensures a happy marriage and inspires mutual fidelity in the bride and groom!

Aquamarine, a royal stone!

Indeed, we can find this stone on many royal jewels such as the “Akvamarintiara kokoshnik” (Aquamarine Tiara) of the Swedish crown, regularly worn by the various princesses and in particular, the Heir to the throne (Victoria of Sweden) and her younger sister Madeleine of Sweden.

 

Princess Madeleine wearing the Akvamarintiara kokoshnik for her official portrait in 2016

 

But when we talk about jewels and crowns, we think first of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1953, she received from the President of Brazil an important set of aquamarines, with perfectly matched stones set in gold and platinum by the jewelers Mappin & Webb of Rio de Janiero.

It would have taken a year to collect stones of such quality. Brazil, continues thereafter, to offer stones to the queen, offering her a bracelet and a brooch in addition.

Series of photos where the Queen is wearing the finery, which she particularly likes.

Photos credits : Reuters

 

If you are interested in aquamarine, don’t hesitate to discover what Pierres de Julie have to offer in the store…

We are also available for any free expertise of your aquamarine jewelry, for that you can send an email with your pictures to contact@lespierresdejulie.com.

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