Aquamarine: From the Latin word for "sea water", aquamarine was said to be a gift to the mermaids from
Neptune, the King of the Sea. Some believe aquamarine to help the wearer conquer wickedness, and the have magical
power to convey insight and foresight. It is the March birthstone and symbolizes happiness and everlasting youth.
Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone for March. Aquamarine is mined in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan,
Mozambique and Brazil. Aquamarine rates 7 1/2 to 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness.
Enhancements: Although cutting is the most basic enhancement method necessary to
display the beauty of a gemstone, there are many fascinating methods by which man has demonstrated his ability to
draw maximum color, luster, clarity and brilliance from natures earthbound treasures. A basic understanding of
these enhancement techniques will add to your appreciation of the beauty, durability and value of the
gemstone jewelry you already own,
or plan to purchase in the future. Aquamarines generally have a greenish hue when mined and are then heated to
bring out the blue color permanently. Heat treatment is normal, industry accepted, permanent and does not require
special care. You should assume that the aquamarines sold at MyJewelrySource are heat treated unless stated
Buying an Aquamarine: Aquamarine in sizes over 5 carats is considered important. The gemstone is
expected to be eye clean and should have a soft to medium blue color. Deeper colors of aquamarine are rare with
the deepest most saturated color being the most expensive.
Aquamarine care: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner. Avoid sudden temperature changes, steaming and
contact with cosmetics, hairspray, perfume or household chemicals. Your aquamarine jewelry may be cleaned with a
soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water.