Similar to the colors we see in the ocean, an aquamarine is a dazzling gemstone containing a variety of colors ranging from clear, to shades of blue. Aquamarine is a form of beryl, the same mineral family that the emerald gemstone belongs to. The very top quality aquamarines are actually clear in color, and have fewer inclusions than an emerald. Aquamarine stones can even have shades of green in them. Of course, the deeper colored aquamarines have a great value.
The most popular aquamarine in the marketplace is light blue in color. Set in yellow gold, white gold or platinum settings, the bright color of this gemstone is enhanced. It is common to see engagement rings, cocktail rings, earrings and bracelets made with a combination of diamond and gemstone, or all gemstone.
The Aquamarine is said to invoke feelings of sympathy, trust and harmony. Its name is derived from the Latin ‘aqua’ (water) and ‘mare’ (sea). It is said that its strengths are developed to their best advantage when it is placed in water which is bathed in sunlight. According to some old traditions, wearing this color gemstones will ensure a happy marriage and is said to bring the woman who wears it joy and wealth.
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