by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
THE BASICS --
An aquamarine ring is both fashionable and distinctive. This lovely green, blue, or blue-green stone will always be a classic, which is why aquamarine jewelry is in such demand. Aquamarines are March's birthstone and are mysterious and tranquil, like the ocean water that they are named for. This guide will help you pick the perfect aquamarine ring.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--
What is Aquamarine?
Aquamarine is a light blue or blue-green shade of beryl, a common crystalline mineral. Aluminum, iron and silicon are part of the aquamarines crystal structure and give it the distinctive and beautiful color. Most aquamarines come from Brazil, Russia, or Siberia. Aquamarines are beryls, just like emeralds (dark green), heliodor (yellow), and morganite (pink or orange). Their iron content gives them those beautiful sea colors.
Benefits of an Aquamarine Ring:
• Traditionally, aquamarines symbolize happy relationships and marriages.
• Aquamarines are hard gemstones, so are not likely to scratch during everyday wear.
• They are rare enough to stand out, but not so rare that they’re unaffordable.
• Because of their association with safe voyages, aquamarine jewelry is perfect for that person who loves to travel.
• Aquamarine rings go with any color clothing or nail polish, whether pastels, neutrals, or brights.
• Vintage aquamarine rings are a sustainable choice, requiring no new mining for either metals or the stones.
The name literally means “sea water,” and it’s associated with protecting sailors and other travelers. Other traditional associations include tranquil relationships and marriages; success in battles and litigation; mermaids and other mysteries of the sea; and the ability to bring rain during droughts.
• Religious and Chakra Symbolism
Most ancient texts don’t distinguish between the different types of green beryl, just referring to it as beryl, so it’s hard to tell if the Torah or Bible are referring to emeralds, beryls, or another stone. However, some scholars think that aquamarine was one of the stones on the High Priest’s breastplate. Similarly, some identify the eighth gate of the New Jerusalem described in the Book of Revelation as aquamarine. In other Christian symbolism, aquamarine is associated with the Apostle Thomas, because of all of his travels. In Sanskrit texts, aquamarine is said to help the throat chakra.
• Protection Symbolism
During the Middle Ages, people believed that aquamarine could protect people from poison. It was also associated with strong friendships and marriages, perhaps people associated it with protection from emotional poisons as well as literal poison. Seers also used aquamarine spheres to see into the unknown and the future.
What to Look For in an Aquamarine Ring:
If your considering an aquamarine for your engagement ring, here are a few helpful hints before purchasing an aquamarine ring.
The most valuable color for aquamarine is a rich blue or blue-green, but the lighter-colored stones can be just as beautiful. The right aquamarine for your engagement ring is a matter of your personal taste. Look for a stone without internal flaws (inclusions). While inclusions are common in emeralds and a flawless emerald is significantly more expensive, most faceted aquamarine is flawless.
Wear and Tear:
Aquamarines are among the harder gemstones, 7.5 to 8.0 on the Mohs scale, which is why so much vintage aquamarine jewelry looks as beautiful today as when it was first made. While aquamarine is hard and will resist scratches from ordinary wear and tear, it can be brittle if it’s struck at the wrong angle, so make sure the setting protects the stone’s edges. Some aquamarine turns paler after long exposure to UV rays, so avoid leaving it in the sun. This helps ensure that your vintage aquamarine engagement ring will last your lifetime and for generations to come.
Art Deco Era Popularity:
Aquamarine jewelry has a long history, but it was especially popular during the Art Deco period. Its cool water tones and typical emerald cut complemented the sleek, geometric Art Deco aesthetic.
Aquamarine Rings For Everyone:
No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations. A vintage aquamarine engagement ring is a distinctive and stylish choice. Find the perfect one today!
Find The Perfect Vintage Ring:
Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and faceting. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of aquamarine rings today!