Aquamarine rings are so beautiful, it is no wonder they are so popular and sought after by so many people. The aquamarine gemstone is by no means rare, and it is considered to be a semi-precious gemstone. I believe the popularity of this stone comes from its unbelievably beautiful color, which is reminiscent of the earth and sky. The deep green-blues, and also lighter sky blues can transport you to the beautiful outdoors just by looking at them!
What is an Aquamarine?
Aquamarine is a form of beryl, as is the emerald. Emerald rings get their color from vanadium and corundum, while an aquamarine’s colors come from varying amounts of iron incorporated into the mineral. Some aquamarines do contain corundum, but they tend to be yellow in color and are more rare than blue-green aquamarine. Some of the best aquamarine stones come from Mozambique and Brazil. The aquamarines found in those places are large, clear and have an intense blue color, which has become the most desirable color for these gems in recent years. One fascinating thing about aquamarine rings is that the color of them tends to look different when viewed at different angles. This is because aquamarines are dichroic.
- An aquamarine ring will most likely be set in 10 to 18K gold, or sterling silver. This will assure that the setting will be strong and durable enough to withstand normal wear and tear, and the the prongs especially will be able to withstand any bumps the ring may take. White gold aquamarine rings are extremely popular now, and vintage aquamarine rings are also popular, and will most likely be set in platinum or white gold also. Emerald cut aquamarine rings are also a good choice; since aquamarines are usually flawless, the large facets on the emerald cut will show off the stone’s beautiful color to its best advantage.
- It is very important to remember that aquamarines can develop internal cracks which may lead to the stone breaking if they are hit sharply with another hard object. Aquamarine gemstones are also prone to fading if they are exposed to sunlight continuously. This is something to be aware of if you intend to purchase an aquamarine engagement ring that will be worn for long periods of time.
- Any aquamarine ring will need to be cleaned on a regular basis. They are prone to attracting and holding skin oil and lotions, soap, etc. on their surface, which makes them look dull and lifeless. They may be cleaned with commercial jewelry cleaner or plain soap and water and a small brush. Never soak an aquamarine for long periods of time in any cleaning solution.
- You will rarely see simulated aquamarines, because the cost of producing simulated ones is much higher than mining and cutting the real thing. Always be sure, though, by asking your jeweler for a gemological report on the stone, especially if it is a pricier large stone.
If you are looking for a costume jewelry aquamarine engagement ring in order to see if an aquamarine ring is what you really want before investing any serious money, there are some very nice pieces available online at places like Amazon.com. Take a look at this 2 Carat Aquamarine CZ Ringat Amazon. It’s gorgeous and will be just the right price to test out the look of aquamarine before you get really serious about it.
You should have no trouble finding beautiful aquamarine rings for sale at most jewelry stores. They look wonderful with cubic zirconia rings as well as emerald rings and many other types of gemstones, like chocolate diamonds; this makes them a very versatile part of your jewelry collection. Keep what you have just learned about them in mind, ask questions and have a wonderful time shopping for your very own aquamarine rings!