Aquamarine is the birthstone for March babies which also doubles up as a significant piece to celebrate a couple’s 19th wedding anniversary. Its name is a combination of two Latin words, aqua – meaning “water” and marina – meaning “of the sea”.
Uses of aquamarine
Legend has it that aquamarine gemstones were given by mermaids to sailors as lucky charms before an expedition to prevent stormy sail. In today’s context, because of the stone’s oceanic colour and its abundant folklore connected to the sea, aquamarine is often carried by sailors, keeping them safe when they are out on their voyage.
A famous and recent use of aquamarine gems is seen at the centre of Queen Elizabeth’s tiara. The gem used was a coronation gift from the President and the people of Brazil in 1953, as it is found mainly in the Latin American country.
Why aquamarine is such a gem
Aquamarine carries a narrow spectrum of colours ranging from pale blue to greenish-blue. Those with a strong intensity of greenish-blue or dark blue is deemed to be the most valuable. A pure and distinct tone in colour would fetch a much higher price for the stone. It is also due to this fact that many in the market are heat-treated the beryl to achieve the distinct pure blue colour.
Surely, size plays a huge part in how much a piece of aquamarine is worth. The largest found weighed 110kg and was almost 49cm long.
Here, we have three stunning pieces of jewellery adorned with aquamarine. Gift them to your loved ones for a subtle and assuring hint of courage, loyalty and friendship. And if you have made plans to attend any of the 6 biggest Asian yacht shows in 2018, why not accessorise yourself with aquamarine-centric pieces for a smooth sailing experience.