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Aquamarine, Topaz and Kyanite earrings in brass

by Maura Nicholson on Mar.26, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry

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Aquamarine, Topaz and Kyanite earrings in brass

I have handcut these brass earrings and then used aquamarine,topaz and kyanite beads and gold plated beads. Gold and blue aways looks dramatic together and these earrings are very summery. You can check this out and more of my jewelry at my web-shop.

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Gorgeous Solitaire Look Diamond ring in yellow gold

by Shilpee Nagota on Mar.25, 2010, under Jewelry Designs

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Gorgeous Solitaire Look Diamond ring in yellow gold

Gorgeous Solitaire Look Diamond ring in yellow gold

  • Product name :- Ring
  • Style of Jewelry :- Unique and Made for Some one Special
  • Metals used :- Yellow Gold
  • Settings used :- Pave in Diamonds
  • Stones used :- Diamonds

To know more about us please visit www.nagotacreations.com

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GEMS March – History behind Aquamarine and its applications

by JewelStruck on Mar.24, 2010, under GEMS

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Continuing with Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – March for Auqamarine, we would be discussing about History behind Aquamarine and its uses. This cool blue fascinatingly beautiful gemstone has been extremely popular in history. Also showcasing a very beautiful Aquamarine ring by one of our contributor Maura Nicholson.

Aquamarine wand ring

Aquamarine crystal wand ring in Silver & 9ct gold setting

  • Talking about he history, Aquamarine was first mined in 1811 in Brazil. But according to some documented proofs the use of aquamarine gemstones exists between 480 and 300 BC. Greeks used aquamarine to make jewelry.
  • Small opaque and translucent aquamarine rocks were used by pirates and sailors, who believed that it would protect them and ensure a safe journey.
  • Coming to applications, Aquamarine generally occurs in large and flawless crystals. Its faceted into many cut and is used in jewelry for rings, earrings, necklaces, etc. Six-sided large crystals are worn as necklace pendants. Less common are translucent aquamarine, showing  asterism and cat’s eye effect, these are mainly cut and polished into cabochons.

So this was about the history and applications of Aquamarine, would be posting more about it soon. If you would like to share anything on this stone please email us at info@jewelstruck.com.

Image credit – Maura Nicholson

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White Gold – Pendant Set with Gorgeous Blue Sapphire & Diamonds

by Shilpee Nagota on Mar.23, 2010, under Jewelry Designs

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White Gold – Pendant Set with Gorgeous Blue Sapphire & Diamonds

White Gold – Pendant Set with Gorgeous Blue Sapphire & Diamonds

  • Product name :- Pendant Set
  • Style of Jewelry :- Geometrical & Western
  • Metals used :- White Gold
  • Settings used :- Prong in Blue Sapphire and Pave in Diamonds
  • Stones used :- Diamond and Blue Sapphire

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GEMS March – Mines and types of Aquamarine

by JewelStruck on Mar.20, 2010, under GEMS

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Here we go with our second post on Gemstone Each Month Series, GEMS – March for Aquamarine. In this post we would be discussing about mines and types of Aquamarine. Also featuring faboulus Aquamarine beaded, Gailaviraean Twist style hoop earrings, by Candy Degel. If you have anything to share with us on Auqamarine, please do email us on info@jewelstruck.com before the month ends :-)

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Aquamarine beaded, Gailaviraean Twist style hoop earrings

Aquamarines are generally distinguished from their colors. Various varieties of auqamarine coming from different sources have different shades of blue. Its really tough to find untreated(unheated) crystal, as almost every stone is heat treated to remove the green tint.

  • Brazil is the main source of Aquamarine and is a leader in world market today. Aquamarines mined from the Santa Maria de Itabira mine in Brazil are intense blue, they are named after the state  and called ‘Santa Maria’. The other variety from Brazil which is a blue not so intense, comes from state called ‘Espirito Santo’.
  • Some stones mined in Africa, particularly Mozambique too have a similar intense blue color as Brazillian one. Though African they have been given name ‘Santa Maria Africana’.
  • Aquamarine mined from Madagascar are genrally medium dark blue in color.
  • India, Pakistan, Mozambique, Nigeria, China, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Norway, North Ireland, Russia and the United States are few other sources for Aquamarine.

A few varieties of Aquamarine also include

  • clear yellow beryl, sometimes called aquamarine chrysolite.
  • corondum with a bluish tint of typical aquamarine, often termed Oriental Aquamarine.
  • The deep blue version of aquamarine is called maxixe.

So thats all we had to discuss on sources and types, we will be coming with more on Aquamarine sooner.

Image Credits: Candy Degel

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