Picture the clearest ocean water on a tropical beach, a mesmerizing blue green of crystal clear fluidity. The most desirable color of aquamarine is a drop of that ocean. The name “aquamarine” is derived from Latin meaning sea water. Ancient sailors were known to wear aquamarine as a talisman for calm waves.
Brazil, the “homeland” of aquamarine, has historically unearthed the highest quality of this light blue beryl gemstone in the world.
Aquamarine and its cousin emerald form large crystals suitable for sizable fashioned gems and carvings weighing several hundred carats. The long crystal formation is why aquamarine’s beauty is optimized when faceted into a “step cut” such as the emerald or baguette cut.
Queen Elizabeth II has an extensive private collection of aquamarine gemstones that were gifted to her from the president and people of Brazil in the 1950’s. It took the Brazilians several years to acquire matching color and quality aquamarine specimens to create the elaborate necklace, earrings, bracelet and large brooch jewelry suite.
Come in to Medlars and see some of our favorite Aquamarine for yourself.