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Aquamarine is a beautiful stone that is often used to create stunning aquamarine jewellery
including necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings.The name aquamarine comes from the Latin word
for seawater,its luminous colour conjuring up images of the ocean. As with many other gemstones,
the aquamarine gemstone is surrounded by legends and myths. The Romans thought that a frog
carved out of an aquamarine would turn sworn enemies into friends, while both the Romans and the
Greeks used the gem as a lucky charm for sailors battling stormy seas.
Like the emerald, and other lesser know stones such as Morganite and Helidor, aquamarine is part of the
beryl family and its colour can range from an almost translucent blue to a deep blue-green or teal. In the
early 19th century, sea-green aquamarine jewellery was the most prized , however, in later years, the colour
preference shifted to a stronger blue. The most expensive and valuable aquamarines come from Brazil,
but the gemstone is also mined in Nigeria, Kenya, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan,
Afghanistan and Russia.
Aquamarine is known as a dichroic gem, which means that it will appear as different colours when viewed at different directions, so for instance you might look at the stone from one angle and it could appear quite blue in colour, whereas it might appear clear from another direction. It really is a fascinating gemstone and aquamarine gemstone jewellery for women particularly vintage and antique aquamarine jewellery is always much sought after.
If you are looking to buy aquamarine jewellery at online boutiques and shops, here At Modern Vintage
Style you can find some lovely aquamarine necklaces, bracelets , earrings and pendants. Aquamarine
jewellery can be found in our gemstone necklaces , gemstone earrings, and bracelets sections, as well as as within our vintage jewellery collections. ie have at look at these beautiful Krementz aquamarine earrings
We particularly enjoy using aquamarine gemstones and crystals within our designs due
to the wide range of blues and greens available within the "aquamarine" family which
can inspire some beautiful designs
From the late 19th century onwards, the aquamarine was used extensively in both Art Deco
Art Nouveau Jewellery. Art Nouveau jewellers rebelled against the staid Victorian era with
beautifully aquamarine jewellery designs inspired by animals and nature, with gemstones
often mounted amongst gold.
René Lalique made his fortune as one of France's foremost Art Nouveau designers, and his
jewellery designs often featured aquamarines, producing beautiful aquamarine pendants and
necklaces. Cartier was another famous jewellery house who featured aquamarines in some of
their very famous pieces
The Art Nouveau period between 1890 and 1914 continues to influence modern jewellery designers
today, with antique pieces being much sought after. With its stunning range of blue colours
, it is no wonder that the beautiful aquamarine continues to inspire jewellery designers
to create extraordinary pieces.
For more information on aquamarine have at look at //www.gia.edu/UK-EN/aquamarine