What is an aquamarine?

Dive into the fresh blue hue

Aquamarine is often called the sailor’s lucky stone because of its watercolour blue to greenish-blue shade that ancient Romans thought protected those at sea. Associated with calming energies and courageousness, aquamarine is also the birthstone for March and the traditional gift for a 19th wedding anniversary.

At a base chemical make-up, an aquamarine is a beryl – emerald is the most well-known of this stone type – that’s formed with the presence of iron deposits in the mineral structure, giving it its distinctive hue.

Aquamarines throughout history

In 1910, the largest ever aquamarine was found in Brazil, weighing over 110,000g. It was then cut into smaller stones, yielding over 200,000 carats. It is considered a less complicated stone to cut than others, which means that expert gem cutters are able to create intricate shapes and its soft hue is elegantly offset by an emerald, oval or pear-shaped cut.

Aquamarine might be a great option when creating your own unique piece of jewellery as they are mined in larger sizes, so the value of the gemstone does not tend to increase with the carat.