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GEMS March – How to care for Aquamarine Jewelry

by JewelStruck on Mar.31, 2010, under GEMS

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With the last post of Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – March, we would writing on how to care for Aquamarine Jewelry. Do use these tips, to keep your jewelry last long. Also showcasing a very beautiful Aquamarine bracelet by Bead-Fancy Designer.

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Waves of crystal and aquamarine bracelet

Continuing with the aquamarine jewelry care tips, here we go:

  • Aquamarine fades with prolonged exposure to light, so that should be avoided as much as possible and it should be stored away from sunlight.
  • It has very good hardness and is durable enough, but still can develop internal cracks if knocked hard. Larger gemstone Jewelry should be worn with care.
  • It needs to be cleaned regularly, to retain its brilliance. It can loose luster, with deposits of dirt and oil on surface.
  • You can use normal soapy water to clean it and dry it with a soft clean cloth. Use of hash chemicals and ultrasonic cleaning should be avoided.
  • Extreme temperature can cause damage to jewelry, so it should be stored in a cool dry place.

Thats all from this series on Aquamarine, we would be coming up with a new stone soon for next month. You can email us your suggestions to info@jewelstruck.com, if you want any gemstone to be chosen in particular. Till then, keep rocking!

Image credit – Bead Fancy Designer

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GEMS March – Metaphysical & Healing properties of Aquamarine

by JewelStruck on Mar.29, 2010, under GEMS

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We would be discussing about metaphysical and healing properties of auamarine, in this second last post of Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – March.  With this post also featuring a very beautiful aquamarine necklace by Orchidacea. If you have anything interesting to share on aquamarine, please email it to us at info@jewelstruck.com, before 30th March, to be included in our last post.

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Aquamarine necklace by Orchidacea

Aquamarine is a hard gemstone (7.5 on the Mohs scale). It has very few inclusions and occurs in big sizes. Its found in wide range of blue color, believed to be due to presence of Iron. Stones with deep blue color are more valuable, but some of them have light greenish shimmer too. Prolonged exposure to light/heat can result in fading of gemstone.

Lots of healing properties have been associated with Aquamarine since ages, here are a few :

  • It is belived to provide happiness, courage and forsight
  • Its said to raise intellect level of wearer
  • In the Middle Ages, it was belived it would lessen the effect of poison
  • Aquamarine soaked water was used for treating uneasy breath and eye problems
  • Eariler, sailors sometimes wore it to protect them from sea sickness and ensure them a safe journey

So that was about properties of Aquamarine, do wait for our last post to conclude the series for this month.

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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.

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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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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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Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – Aquamarine for March

by JewelStruck on Mar.16, 2010, under GEMS

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Aquamarine has been chosen as Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) for March. So we would be discussing about it in detail this complete month. Its the birthstone for March and also with the summers approaching, knowing about this cool blue stone would definitely help you  :-). So lets get started with some quick facts on Aquamarine for the first part of this series.

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Aquamarine Seahorse Teardrop Gold Earrings by ShadowMoonDesigns

  • Aquamarine is blue or to be more correct turqoise variety of beryl (beryllium aluminium cyclosilicate)
  • It is named after a latin phrase – “Water of the sea”
  • It’s hardness ranges from 7.5-8 on Mohs scale and refractive indes from 1.57-1.58
  • Madagascar was first source for Aquamarine, though Brazil produces most of it today.
  • It’s the official state gem of Colorado, USA
  • It is often heat treated to make it pure blue and remove the green tint.
  • And as stated above too, its the birthstone for March.

Here were few quick facts on aquamarine, more will be coming sooner. If you have anything to share on Aquamarine, please do email us on info@jewelstruck.com.

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