Birthstones, Gemstone of the Month

March Birthstone – Aquamarine

Here at Julebox we are introducing Gemstone of the month, where each month we will be adding an informative blog post based on the relevant birthstone.

This month we will be looking at Aquamarine.

Aquamarine  is a member of the beryl family, which also includes emerald, morganite and yellow beryl. The word aquamarine is derived from the Latin word for sea-water because the colours can range from shades of green-blue to blue. Although aquamarine gemstones can be easily confused with blue topaz, aquamarine is much more rare and valuable.

Aquamarine is more frequent in occurrence than its famous green brother, but unlike emerald, aquamarine is usually almost free of inclusions.  Iron is the substance responsible for the colour in aquamarine gems, and the shades of blue displayed range from almost colourless pale blue through to bright sea blue. The more intense the colour of an aquamarine, the higher its value. Some aquamarines show a slightly greenish hue which is also considered typical. But a really pure and clear blue is still cherished as typical aquamarine colour, as it best brings out the immaculate transparency and high brilliance of this gemstone.

Here at Julebox we believe in giving our customers an informative insight into Jewellery and Gemstones, below are some interesting details about the Aquamarine Gemstone;

 

Colour

Aquamarine’s preferred colour is a moderately strong dark blue to slightly greenish blue.

Clarity

Most cut gems are eye-clean. Large examples are available without visible inclusions.

Cut

Because aquamarine’s colour is light, cutting is important and well-cut gems show brilliance.

Carat Weight

Aquamarine crystals range from tiny to very large—some even up to 100 lbs.

 

For more information about Gemstones and to view our full Gemstones range please visit our website at www.julebox.co.uk.

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