Today we are going to have a lesson in Latin. They don't teach Latin as much in school any more so this is our chance.
Aquamarine- "Water of the Sea"
Seriously, what other Latin do you really need to know? If you are a March baby in search of a birthstone or if your 18th wedding anniversary is approaching, you just march (ah ha!- no pun intended) right into the jewelry store and lay some Latin on 'em-
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When I was in college, one of my friends had a gorgeous (and huge) aquamarine ring set with diamonds. It wasn't her birthstone but she was a tiny, petite little thing and it looked so pretty on her slender hands. I must confess to the sins of coveting and envy.
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The Dom Pedro stone (above left) was a 10,363 carat, 23 1/4 inches (59 cm) tall behemoth mined in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. It was cut by Bernd Munsteiner to create the sculpture "Waves of the Sea" (above right) in 1993. This single Aquamarine gemstone sculpture is 13 13/16 inches (35 cm) tall and is the largest uncut piece of aquamarine in the world. There is a gorgeous photograph of this sculpture, taken by Jeff Turner at the Houston Museum of Natural History, on Flickr. He has reserved all rights and I am therefore unable to share the photo with you in this post but if you click here you can see his stunning photo on Flickr.
Aquamarines were thought by ancient Romans to be sacred to Neptune (Poseidon to the Greeks), god of the sea, having fallen from his jewellery chest and washed ashore. Sailors wore or carried aquamarine as protection against the dangers of sea travel, including seasickness (sometimes much more bothersome than the odd sea serpent).
Aquamarine's powers were believed to be increased when immersed in water and this water was used at times as a healing agent for the heart, liver, spleen, stomach, mouth, and throat. This beautiful blue stone was thought to awaken love in a weary marriage, though I think any decent piece of bling will do that.
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When buying jewelry, Gehna Bazaar gives us this advice:
Today aquamarine gemstone is not as expensive as it used to be earlier. Although it is still one of the popular gemstones used in jewelry, its wide availability has resulted in a decline in prices. The main factor that affects the price of this gem is the color. Secondary factors that affect price are its carat size and clarity.
A fine quality natural aquamarine gemstone with good luster that weighs a carat would cost somewhere around $25. These gems are usually found in huge sizes so the basic rule of gemstones pricing, ‘the bigger the stone the more the per carat rate’ does not apply here. A good quality aquamarine gem which is 15 carats is likely to cost $ 35 or less per carat and the weight of the stone does not really matter much here.
|55 carat Tiffany pendant, via Randolph Jewlers|
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|Boucheron Orientals Ring via Sybarites|
|Aquamarine under the microscope, via Molecular Expressions|
|Beautiful 20.03 carat cabachon cut aquamarine with cat's eye effect.|
Considered a rare effect in aquamarine. $200.00
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|via The Three Graces|