Aquamarine

History
Many legends are associated with aquamarine, the gem whose name reveals so much: aqua meaning water and mare meaning sea in Latin more than hint at the gem’s beautiful colour. Myth has it that seahorses carried these pale and watery jewels from the treasure chests of mermaids and scattered them along the seashores where man dwelt. Sailors regarded the aquamarine as their lucky stone and often carried them on long journeys, hoping their lucky charms would bring them home safely once more.

 

The symbolic value of an aquamarine may easily be compared to that of a ruby, sapphire or even diamond. It is believed to bring marital fortune, weaving a ribbon of faithfulness between the couple and showering them with joy and wealth. The blue colouration of its gentle shades and nuances symbolises trust, harmony, kindness and friendship – all deep and positive emotions, feelings we wish upon our loved ones and friends. It also symbolises water, without which mankind could not exist.

 

Colour
The shades of the ocean are as varied as the blues of the sky. Aquamarine resembles them both; some examples may have a hint or, rather, a splash of green, whilst others are of a pastel or even a dramatic blue hue. Larger aquamarine gems tend to have a more vivid colour than the smaller crystals, which often appear slightly watery or pale. It owes its youthful blueness to traces of divalent iron blended into its crystal structure.

 

Mining Areas
Brazil is the largest producer of gem-quality aquamarine, a crystal of over 100 kg having been found in Minas Gerais. Other countries such as Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan have also become known for their aquamarine findings.