On hearing the word Aquamarine, the first thought that comes to our mind is something which is related to water. Aquamarine gemstone is also one of the many semi precious gemstones that is a blue stone and is considered as one of the most ‘Precious Four’ gems which are found. The glass like structure and appearance of the stone gives an impression of the sea. It is due to the similarity in the color with the sea that the name was kept which in Latin language means sea water.
The stone gets its color due to the presence of minerals like chromium and vanadium. It belongs from the beryllium aluminum silicates family. The hardness of the stone varies from 7.5 to 8 when measured on Mohs scale. The largest Aquamarine was discovered in 1910 in Marambaya, Brazil where a stone of 110.5 kg was mined. Found mostly in the countries of China, India and Kenya; the largest producer of this stone is Brazil.
The stone is cut into specific shapes and sizes that make it quite attractive among the people. Women mostly like this stone because of its unique rectangular and square cuts. The cuts vary from one gem cutter to another and also depend to a large extent upon the demand. Some of the most preferred cuts mostly include round, oval and cushion sized. Many ornamental figures are made up of this stone as it never loses its shine so easily.
When it comes to designing jewelry an aquamarine can easily give competition to any other stones that are available in the market. Jewelry designers mostly take the help of it in order to design one of the most beautiful pieces of ornaments. They are mostly used in the form of rings, pendants and necklaces. They look best when worn as a necklace with gown. They are also popular as earrings.
In order to give the ultimate look to aquamarine gems is treated to a certain temperature. This is mainly done in order to remove the unnecessary yellow and greenish tones from the stone that otherwise make it look dull. However, giving heat to the stone is generally avoided as doing so may cause it to decolonize and lose its original color. The stone is to be cleaned very carefully so that it does not lose its shine. Using a mixture along with soapy water is the ultimate natural solution which one can use to clean the stone. Once the stone dries up after cleaning, it is better to use a soft cloth, wrap it around the stone and give it a gentle rub.
The stone is mostly used by people who face stage fear or have problem with public speaking. It helps to relax the mind of the speakers thereby making them comfortable and adapt with themselves with the surrounding environment. It is also recommended to those people who suffer from the water phobia and is also said to bring two individuals together in a relationship.