Gemstones

The Blue Beryl: Aquamarine

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As the watery blue variety of beryl, aquamarine is the cool cousin of the mineral family. While I did a post all about aquamarine last year, I’d like to refresh your memory with a few fun facts about the seafaring stone.

  • Aquamarine is both the birthstone for March and the gem given on the 19th wedding anniversary.
  • The gem’s color range is quite narrow:  blue, very slightly greenish blue, greenish blue, very strongly greenish blue or green-blue. The most valuable shade is a dark blue to slightly greenish blue with moderately strong intensity.
  • The most valuable aquamarines come from Brazil, but it is also mined in Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia.
  • The largest aquamarine of gemstone quality ever mined was found in Marambaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1910, weighed over 110kg and measured 19 inches long and 17 inches in diamonds. The largest cut aquamarine gem is the Dom Pedro aquamarine and can be see at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
  • Aquamarine is pleochroic, which means it shows different colors in different crystal directions—in the case of aquamarine, they’re near-colorless and strong blue.

For those born in March, or those who simply love aquamarines, I’ve found a few aquamarine jewels to add to your birthday, or jewelry, wish list. Happy Birthday to everyone born in March!

Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger Seven Leaves Ear Clips

Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger Seven Leaves Ear Clips
So often Jean Schlumberger finds inspiration in nature’s forms. Ear clips in 18k gold and platinum with oval aquamarines and round brilliant diamonds. Aquamarines, carat total weight 14.89; diamonds, carat total weight 4.06.
Available at Tiffany & Co.

Aquamarine Bracelet from Pomellato

Pomellato Pom Pom Bracelet
Bracelet in rose gold, silver and aquamarines composed of 729 brilliant cut aquamarines for a total of 17.65 carats, set in burnished silver and 18k rose gold
Available at Pomellato

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Alexandra Mor Asscher-Cut Intense Aquamarine & Diamond Ring
A very fine 27.24 carat Asscher-cut Intense bright blue-green Aquamarine ring set with Alexandra Mor’s signature details of double bands of 1mm knife- edged wire and 1.05 carats of 1mm ‘floating’ Diamond melee. Platinum set on a 1mm 18-karat yellow gold band with AM logo gallery. Signed by artist. Crafted in the USA.
One-of-a-Kind
Photography – Russell Starr
Available at Alexandra Mor

An Aquamarine and Diamond Brooch, by Suzanne Belperron, circa 1940 FD Gallery

An Aquamarine and Diamond Brooch, by Suzanne Belperron, circa 1940
Available at FD Gallery

Oscar Heyman Brothers Aquamarine and Diamond Bracelet

Oscar Heyman Brothers Aquamarine and Diamond Bracelet
A stunning signed bracelet from Oscar Heyman Brothers, circa 1925, showcases 24 aquamarines, 25.00 carats, linked with diamond accents, 1.35 carats, handmade in platinum.
Available at Steven Fox Jewelry

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Robert Procop Aquamarine “Parisian Deco” Earrings
“Parisian Deco” aquamarine and diamond 5-drop earrings in 18k white gold. Ten vari-shaped aquamarines weighing 16.28 total carats and 340 round-cut diamonds weighing 2.25 total carats. Drop section removeable via hidden clip at reverse, allowing pear-shaped top to be worn alone. With clips and folding posts. Designed by Robert Procop. 69mm length (approximately 2.70″).
Available at Betteridge

CARL FABERGE Aquamarine Diamond Eternity Brooch

Carl Fabergé Aquamarine Diamond Eternity Brooch
Designed as an open work plaque, the central collet-set aquamarine surrounded with four arrows forming a circle, each arrow highlighted with an old brilliant-cut diamond, the frame shaped as two interlaced loops set with rose-cut diamonds.
The circle of arrows within the interlaced frame is symbolizing eternity.
The brooch is marked on rim with Cyrillic initial ‘ KF ‘ for Carl Faberge.
Original Faberge’s scratched inventory number 30580.
56 zolotniks standard (14 K – 583 gold) with initials Cyrillic ‘ IL ‘ for Moscow assay master Ivan Lebedkin (1899-1908).
Available at Romanov Russia via 1stdibs

Paolo Costagli Large Aquamarine Pendant on Gem-Set Brillante Chain Betteridge

Paolo Costagli Large Aquamarine Pendant on Gem-Set “Brillante” Chain Betteridge
Pear-shaped aquamarine pendant in 18k white gold. Aquamarine weighing 90.80 carats. On a long 18k white gold “Brillante” chain necklace set with round-cut blue sapphires weighing 17.83 total carats. Handmade in New York City. Designed by Paolo Costagli.
Available at Betteridge

Verdura Plume Earclips

Verdura Plume Earclips
Platinum mountings set with 58 round brilliant-cut diamonds and approximately 100 carats of aquamarine briolette beads.
Available at Verdura

Cartier London Impressive Aquamarine Diamond Gold Ring 1stdibs

Cartier London Impressive Aquamarine Diamond Gold Ring
18 karat yellow gold, aquamarine and diamond ring by Cartier London, set in the center with an emerald-cut aquamarine measuring 24.02 by 16.39 by 9.35 mm., weighing approximately 28.50 carats, flanked by interlocking polished gold bands inset with round diamonds weighing approximately 1.20 carats, size 6 1/2, gross weight 17.5 grams, measuring 1 by 7/8 by 1 1/8 inches, signed Cartier, London, numbered 105892. The aqua is a darker and richer color in real life.
Available at J.S. Fearnley via 1stdibs

Raymond C. Yard Aquamarine & Diamond Bracelet Betteridge

Raymond C. Yard Aquamarine & Diamond Bracelet Aquamarine and diamond bracelet in platinum. 4 baguette-cut aquamarines weighing 5.30 total carats, 32 square-cut aquamarines weighing 9.00 total carats, 60 square-cut diamonds weighing 8.84 total carats, 8 baguette-cut diamonds weighing 1.27 total carats and 128 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing 6.52 total carats. Designed by Raymond C. Yard. 7.25″ long.
Available at Betteridge

Sevan Bicakci Diamond & Aquamarine Dove Earrings Barney's

Sevan Bicakci Diamond & Aquamarine Dove Earrings
These ornate eardrops from Turkish designer Sevan Bicakci feature intaglio-carved doves encased within faceted aquamarine. Shimmering black diamonds frame the colorful, teardrop-shaped stones. The backs of the earrings feature an intricate floral engraving in oxidized sterling silver.
Available at Barney’s

Munnu Diamond & Aquamarine Ring Barney's

Munnu Diamond & Aquamarine Ring
Munnu diamond, aquamarine, gold and silver hinged ring.
Available at Barney’s

Cartier Aquamarine Brooch circa 1935

Art Deco aquamarine and diamond clip brooch by Cartier, London c.1935
, the stylised arrow of lozenge outline, centred by a principal rectangular cut aquamarine bordered by oval and fancy cut aquamarines in a geometric design, stepped diamond set detail above flanking a channel set arch of aquamarines, serial number 678
Available at S.J. Phillips

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Paul Morelli “Star Anise” Aquamarine & Diamond Cluster Earrings
“Star Anise” aquamarine and diamond cluster earrings in 18k white gold. Diamonds weighing 0.17 total carats. Post with clutch backs (for pierced ears). 14mm diameter. Handcrafted in Philadelphia. Designed by Paul Morelli.
Available at Betteridge

 

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    lisa susanto
    April 8, 2014 at 2:54 am

    When are you planning to do an article on emeralds? It’s my birthstone for May

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    Shaun
    June 18, 2015 at 10:25 am

    One of my favorite Gemstones. It’s interesting to see it used in many different types of jewelry.

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