Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Aquamarine Engagement Rings

The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word ‘aqua’ meaning sea and ‘mare’ meaning water. According to the legend aquamarine originated in the treasure chest of mermaids and since then has been associated with the ocean. In the olden times, aquamarine was worn as amulets by Greek sailors to please the sea God.

Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March and recommended gemstone for couples celebrating their 16th and 19th anniversary. Aquamarine is believed to bless a couple with happy marriage life and develop compatibility with every passing day. Aquamarine is considered a lucky gemstone for the wearer and brings joy and wealth to him or her.

In the Ancient times people used aquamarine water to cure eye related problems. Some also believed that it is a preventive against seasickness and reduces the effect of snake venom. The other myths associated with the stone are, it protected against wiles of the devils, cure headaches, insomnia and other ailments.

A variety of mineral beryl, aquamarine is found in many places like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Russia, Afghanistan, Angola, Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria. But Brazil has become the leading aquamarine producing company today. The largest and most highly valued aquamarine was mined in Brazil in the 20th century and weighed 243 pounds. Another noted aquamarine is 879.5 carats, sea green in color, is displayed in British Museum of Natural History. In United States this gemstone is found in Colorado and is the official gemstone of the state.

The chemical composition of Aquamarine is (Be3Al2 (Si6O18)). It has a specific gravity of 2.68 to 2.74 and a Mohs hardness of 7.5 to 8. Aquamarine is free from inclusions and is often has good clarity. The blue colored inclusion free gemstone is less susceptible to cracks and nicks like the other gemstones. It’s clear and pale blue hues makes it perfect gemstone for jewelry.

Aquamarine is a popular stone in the jewelry industry and is often paired with metals like gold and silver because of the complimentary and cool tones of the stone when set with these metals. Aquamarine is generally heat treated in order to enhance the color, if the stone is very light colored. In, Aquamarine jewelry the more darker the stone, the more valuable it is. Aquamarine is one of the most preferred gemstone when it comes to
engagement rings especially for them who plan their engagement in the month of March.

Online jewelry websites like Angara brings you the exclusive collection of
Aquamarine jewelry and loose stones. Celebrate the birthday of your loved ones with a fine piece of jewelry which she or he can cherish for the times to come.