1/31/2016

Learn About Your Aquamarine Jewelry

March is my favorite time of the year. After long winters, it brings the Replica Cartier Jewelry relaxed and soothing spring. If I have to describe March, I would say Women's Day, St. Patrick's Day, spring arrival and aquamarines. Definitely, no description for the third month of the year is complete without aquamarines. The gem is official birthstone of the month and perfectly suits to its beauty.
The aqueous hues of this beryl compliment the clear sky and relaxed seas. It denotes the arrival of spring, explains how beautiful things will going to be in just few weeks. I see aquamarine as a transition between cold and dark garnet and brilliant diamonds. Don't know who has assigned it as the birthstone of March but it fits the month perfectly. It denotes the change of nature.
It can be found in various shade of greenish blue to sky blue with almost see-through Replica Bvlgari Jewelry appearance - a contrasting feature from emerald, another beryl. Whatever shade you choose, aquamarine jewelry creates a magic. It suits all skin types so aquamarine jewelry is very popular amongst fashionistas. Mostly, solitaire pendants of different shapes are popular aqua option. You can check out the huge princess-cut aquamarine pendant necklace of Anna Wintour at Oscars 2015. Cocktail rings and other statement jewelry are loved for their bewitching effect. Online stores have a plenty of ready-to-wear aquamarine jewelry. Simply choose your preferred style and get ready to shine bright. You can also customize your own pieces for to set your own style statement. Jewelry companies like Angara.com, Gemvara and Jewelry.com have expert jewelers that can help you with personalized aquamarine jewelry.
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But before you shop or customize jewelry, know more about this serene gemstone. This will aid you with better selection of gemstone and designs for your jewelry. After all, you don't buy aquamarines every day. Therefore, the shopping has to be well informed and satisfying.
March Birthstone:
The practice of assigning a birthstone for each month is thousands of years old. First records of such assigning states about the breast plate of High Priest Aaron. His gold breastplate was believed to be studded with twelve stones that represented twelve tribes of Israel. In many parts of the world, birthstones were worn as talisman. Different nations and religions have different birthstone. This was confusing for people who did not have in-depth knowledge of these gemstones. Considering the chaos, the American National Association of Jewelers, in 1912, created an official list of birthstones. According to this list aquamarine was assigned as birthstone of March.
Etymology and Meaning of Aquamarine:
Aquamarine is made from two Latin words - 'aqua' means 'water' and 'marina' means 'sea'. So, the literal meaning of aquamarine is 'Water of the sea'. This sounds very logical because the color of this beryl is very similar to that of seawater.
This lovely gem is associated with loyalty, courage and friendship. It is believed to increase awareness, communication skills and response power. It symbolizes beauty, calmness, honesty and faithfulness.
Color of Aquamarine:
You can find aquamarine in alluring shades of blue. This gem is mostly transparent, therefore it looks exceptionally gorgeous in lighter tones. Aquamarine color can ranges from pale-blue to greenish-blue, sky-blue and sea-blue. Stones with deeper blue tones are more valuable.
Characteristics of Aquamarine:
In contrast to emeralds, aquamarines are mostly flawless with excellent transparency and clarity. This stone has hexagonal crystal structure with hardness between 7.5 to 8 on Mohs scale. Thus, it is a relatively hard stone and is perfect to use for fine and fashion jewelry.
Healing Powers of Aquamarine:
Although there is no scientific proof of how crystals heal or whether they really possess any powers, it is believed that aquamarine is a powerful healing crystal. It is said to clear both physical and spiritual bodies. Wearing aquamarine jewelry is considered as a cleanser for lymph system, it aligns body chakras, remove blockage of aura and improves the connectivity between mind and body. It is also related with healing of insomnia, anxiety and ailments of liver, stomach and throat.
Interesting Facts about Aquamarine:
It was associated with Neptune, Roman God of the Sea. It's color and association with sea made it a sacred stone for sailors who always keep aquamarines with them in order to have a prosperous and safe voyage. Legends have it that aquamarines were also a prized possession of mermaids.
The first documented use of aquamarine was in Ancient Greece between 480 and 300 B.C. It was used as an amulet engraved with Poseidon, Greek God of Sea.
Egyptian used it for safe journey to the afterlife.
In 1910, an aquamarine weighing 243 pounds and 19" was discovered in Marambia, Brazil.
Dom Pedro aquamarine is the largest aquamarine. It is located in National Museum of Natural History.
Aquamarine is one of the few favorites of royalty. Queen Elizabeth II received Brazilian Aquamarines as her coronation gift from President and People of Brazil. The gift set includes a large aquamarine and diamond necklace with matching earrings and a bracelet. Later, she ordered a tiara to complete the parure. Queen still use her aquamarines in parts if not all together.
Lady Diana was another royal famous for her aquamarine jewelry. Numerous photos of her wearing an aquamarine and pearl bracelet and a huge aquamarine ring can be found online.
Caring for Aquamarine Jewelry
Aquamarine is not scratch resistant. Therefore, be aware about sharp blows or scratches while wearing your jewelry, especially rings. It is advised to use a delicate jewelry cleaner to clean your jewelry. Soak pieces in a solution of cleaner and lukewarm water for 5-10 minutes, use a gentle eyebrow brush to clean the piece and then wash thoroughly with mild warm water. Always use a muslin cloth to wipe or store aquamarines.
Take your jewelry to a professional jeweler once a year.
Do not wear while doing strenuous jobs like cleaning, washing, gardening and lifting any weight.
Avoid much exposure to sunlight. It may fade your stone color.
Where to Find Aquamarine Jewelry
You can try at local jewelry stores. If you want good quality at competitive price, try online. Many online stores have exceptional collection. As this stone looks good in both fine and fashion jewelry, you can find a plethora of styles.
Value of Aquamarine Jewelry
Like any colored gemstone, value of aquamarine depends on its color, clarity, cut, carat and origin. Replica Cartier Jewelry: http://www.jewelry-brand.cn/

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