The Beryl Family
The word Aquamarine comes from the Latin, “aqua”, meaning water, and, “mare” meaning sea. Not a surprising name really when you consider the beautiful blue-green to sky-blue hue of the stone. Aquamarine comes from the Beryl family of gemstones, which also includes pink morganite and green emerald. Aquamarine gets its colouring from the iron content in the crystal.
The beryl family of stones to which aquamarine belongs has a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs Scale. To give you a point of reference, the hardest mineral, diamond, has a hardness of 10 on the Mohs scale. So any mineral with a hardness value of less than 10 will be scratched by a diamond. It’s important to keep this in mind when storing these or any of your gemstone jewellery. Be sure to wrap your pieces in tissue if they are to be stored with diamonds, or indeed with each other, to prevent scratches, abrasions and other damage to your jewellery.
Happiness and Understanding
People have worn aquamarines for centuries for many reasons… It has been said that they: keep sea travellers safe and ensure prosperous voyages; that they ward of evil spirits; even that they calm the wearer and provide everlasting youths. Because of it’s positive associations, especially those linked to love, happiness and understanding the aquamarine has become a popular jewellery choice for engagements and for wedding jewellery.
Great Selection of Coloured Gem Jewellery
We have a great selection of coloured gem set jewellery including aquamarine in stock in our shop in Salisbury. Come in and have a look or stop and do some window shopping if you’re passing by.