The stunning blue hues of aquamarine make this precious gemstone a favorite among jewelry lovers. The name aquamarine comes from two Latin words: aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning “of the sea.” The various shades of aquamarine are indeed reminiscent of blue seas and oceans around the world.
Alaska Jewelry carries a variety of beautifully-designed natural aquamarine rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants, and necklaces. Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March and makes a wonderful birthday gift—one she’ll treasure forever. Read on to learn more about this captivating gemstone.
Aquamarine: Color, Geographic Occurrence, and Value
Color: Aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl. The gemstone gets its color from trace amounts of iron, and individual deposits of aquamarine can range from very light to moderately dark blue hues. Green to blue-green varieties of the same mineral (beryl) are considered to be emerald.
Where It’s Found: The majority of aquamarine is found in Brazil; the stone is also found in several countries in Africa, on Madagascar, in Pakistan, and in Vietnam.
Value: Since aquamarine has been found in huge deposits and the stones are available in large sizes, the value does not increase per carat—size is much less important than depth of color and clarity. Aquamarine is among the most affordable gemstone available, yet it easily competes with more expensive gemstones in terms of beauty. What makes aquamarine unique is its exceptional glass-like luster—it is a very wearable gemstone that can be worn every day and dressed up or down.
Alaska Jewelry carries a selection of stunning natural aquamarine jewelry, including aquamarine rings, aquamarine earrings, aquamarine bracelets, and aquamarine pendants—browse our selection below.