The engagement ring brings new beginnings to a couple in love. That is why choosing the perfect engagement ring is important. While you are in the market for a ring, why not consider an aquamarine mounted on precious metal? You might just be surprised at what it can offer in terms of beauty, uniqueness, and value.
Why Choose Aquamarine Engagement Rings?
The reason why diamonds are the most popular engagement rings is simple – their popularity is the product of both tradition and marketing. The truth is that there are other gemstones that deserve equal attention and aquamarine is one of them.
Aquamarine belongs to the beryl family, along with emerald, yellow beryl, and morganite. The stone is often confused with another precious stone, blue topaz. However, aquamarine is more valuable because it is more rare. Unlike emerald, aquamarine has fewer inclusions or impurities. In terms of hardness, aquamarine registers at 7.5 on the Mohs scale (10 being the hardest). This means that it is generally tough and will not scratch easily.
Aquamarine is a gemstone that looks like a solid piece of the ocean. In fact, the name is actually derived from the Latin phrase ‘aqua marinus’ which means water of the sea. It owes its beautiful color from iron, which creates the range of blues that the stone is known for, from the pale, almost colorless hue to the bright, intense blue that is so popular among collectors.
Aquamarine is a symbol for peace and calmness. Because of its association with water, it is also associated with cleansing, trust, and the truth. In the olden days, aquamarine was believed to belong to mermaids as part of their treasures. Hence, it was cherished by sailors who believed it had protective properties. It is also a chosen talisman for people who travel on water because it was believed to bring on calm seas. The gem is also believed to improve the channels of communication, making way to heartfelt connections.
Buying Aquamarine Engagement Rings
Aquamarine is a gorgeous stone that holds plenty of history with human kind. When buying an engagement ring, consider the most important factors before you make a decision. Here are some of them:
The color of aquamarine ranges from green-blue to light blue to dark blue. It has moderate intensity – a characteristic that is more obvious in larger gems.
Smaller aquamarine stones are generally pale in color and larger ones are usually darker. This stone is available in different carat weights, with many tipping jewelry scales at 25 carats at the minimum.
Aquamarine is available in different cuts, such as emerald, princess, round, and oval brilliant. Choose a cut that shows off the brilliance of the stone and one that fits the style of the one who will wear it.