A wonderful variety of beryl is aquamarine. The stone has a unique palette of shades from sky blue to dark blue. The greatest value of jewelry aquamarines have a light blue color. The name of the stone came from ancient times. It is so named for its extraordinary purity and intensity of the color is "sea water". It should be noted that aquamarines clear blue or blue color are very rare. The fact that the natural color is not very resistant to sunlight, but rather to the spectrum of radiation, causing a gradual fading of the stones. Impurities of iron ions determine the color of the aquamarine is formed in nature.
Natural crystals of this mineral grow to large sizes. Therefore, in the jewelry markets just enough to find good stones exceeding 20 carats. Even large instances can be completely transparent, which is a rarity among colored gems. However, to find a large high-grade rocks, characterized noble blue and blue shades, it is more difficult. The best crystals instantly sold out by the representatives of the world's leading jewelry companies. The famous jewelry house is made of high-grade rocks of the piece of jewelry with aquamarine, included in the most popular of the collection. Jewelry white gold fully reveal the unique beauty of aquamarine, based on deep transparency and incredible color saturation. Professional cutters prefer to do a step cut aquamarine, which is a rectangle with truncated corners. This form of cutting is called the "octagon" or "emerald". The use of such cut shapes based on the characteristics of the crystalline structure of the stone, and these are the kinds of cuts the most spectacular show of sky-blue color of aquamarine.
The noble elegance of aquamarine inspired a generation of jewelers for the creation of genuine masterpieces. In the manufacture of jewelry uses gold, platinum and silver. Especially popular are rings, pendants and earrings with aquamarine, which you can buy separately or as part of a one-piece headset, made in the same style. Modern designs perfect to beat the beauty of the stones, their colors. Often jewelry combine large aquamarines and bezels of diamonds, endearing buyers play of light on their faces.
Varieties of aquamarine
Jewelry aquamarine highlights some special varieties. One of these is the "Maxixe aquamarine", which combines the blue stones, called by the Maxixe mine, state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. It should be noted that dark blue color "Maxixe aquamarine" unstable to prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays, and the stone can "fade" over time or change color to yellow, reddish-brown. Natural emerald rich blue hue attributed to the commercial category "Santa Maria". The presence of green shades typical of most natural aquamarines. Such stones are in the lower price range, due to the lack of the heavenly nobility of painting. The cost is strongly influenced by the available inclusions and cracks. Crystals without any flaws are valued much higher.
The cost of aquamarine
Of course the big advantage of the aquamarine is not too expensive, but it is mostly stones with inclusions that are not of large size and with a pale blue or greenish color. The cost of a large aquamarines high gem quality rich blue or blue colors comes to $800-900 per carat, it's about dealer cost on the world market. Such stones can be seen in a single jewelry international jewelry houses. The average cost for good quality aquamarine ranges from $130 to $400 per carat.
Deposits of aquamarine
Home to the best samples received in the jewelry markets, it is Brazil that's where find aquamarine crystals of the largest sizes. In addition to her excellent specimens of stones supplied by India, Pakistan and some other countries are mining in Africa. It is worth to stay a little more, because in recent years we have seen in the world market stones beautiful examples of blue aquamarines of varying degrees of color saturation, and high quality jewellery from Nigeria, Namibia, Mozambique and Madagascar. In Russia also there are small deposits located in the Urals and in Transbaikalia, but there mined aquamarines are usually of low quality.
The elevation of aquamarine
Noble blue aquamarine is often obtained by heat treatment of the yellow-green stones in the beryl. There are technologies because of heat and radiation to change the original color and cleanliness, achieving artificial beauty and perfection. It is noteworthy that the factor of refinement does not affect cost, as can not be diagnosed. The high cost jewelry of aquamarine is due to the fact that it does not synthesize. Blue color of aquamarine can be obtained by heating and yellowish greenish beryls to a temperature of 400-500 degrees. This color change resistant, and its origin cannot be determined even in the laboratory. Non-heated aquamarine rich blue flowers are rare.
Want to buy aquamarine jewelry?
In our catalog you will always find excellent samples of blue aquamarines of varying degrees of color saturation and variety of cuts, will be able to compare prices and to understand the approximate budget for future purchases.
To see this precious stone and products made with it, we invite you to visit our boutique in Central Moscow.
In addition to the stones available, our team is happy to offer a custom order. Based on your requirements and budget, we will find for you the best specimen of blue aquamarine.
Also you can order the production of jewelry with this stone. Today we have one of the best jewelry shops of full cycle in Moscow.
Interesting facts about aquamarine
Many well-known ladies love jewelry with aquamarines and buy them for themselves or bestow on a significant date, as the President of Brazil presented the Queen Elizabeth II after her coronation luxurious jewelry set consisting of necklace and earrings with aquamarines.
The largest faceted aquamarine stone was named the "don Pedro", it weighed 10363 CT. The cut of this natural giant took the famous German gem cutter Bernd Munsteiner in 1993.