Aquamarine Rings: Choosing your Aquamarine Ring

Aquamarine Rings: Choosing your Aquamarine Ring

Aquamarine birthstones 3The name for this beautiful Aquamarine gemstone with its hues of light blues to blue-greens, is aptly derived from the Latin language and means “water of the sea”.

Being a relatively common gemstone, the Aquamarine gemstone is more affordable than some other gemstones and aqua marine gemstone rings and aquamarine jewelry (earings, necklaces etc) are therefore more frequently seen than some other gemstones.  This is good news as it is extremely pretty and has a coloring that suits most skin tones well.

To the untrained eye, an Aquamarine Ring can look very similar to a Blue Topaz, which is usually less expensive than an Aquamarine of comparable quality.  It is therefore important to buy an Aquamarine Ring or any form of aquamarine jewelry for that matter from a reputable source to ensure that you are buying a true Aquamarine and not a Blue Topaz.

Aquamarine Gemstone Quality

Aquamarines are a fairly robust gemstone to wear on a daily basis.  Their level of hardness is rated a 7.5 to 8.0 on the Moh’s scale, which is good when compared to the hardest gemstone, the Diamond, that has a hardness value of 10.0. For more information on the durability of gemstones the Mohb scale see our article on How to Buy Birthstone Rings for Women,

The best quality natural Aquamarine stones are transparent and translucent with hues varying from a very pale blue to a deeper blue found with the rarer gems.  Although Aquamarine gemstones with a blue-green or blue-gray appearance are generally not considered to be the best, there are many people who prefer gemstones with a greener hue as they remind them more of the sea.  

Heat treatment

aquamarine gemstones - March birthstone jewelryThese days, many natural gemstones are heat treated to improve their colour.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, since perfect color aquamarines have a rarity value and are therefore far more expensive.  Therefore, by choosing a heat treated aquamarine gemstone you can buy a beautiful piece of aquamarine jewelry at a lower price than you would have to pay if you were buying a truly naturally perfect aquamarine gemstone.  

If your budget is really tight then there is always the option of buying a lab produced gemstone.  However, my preferred option – if you need to save money  – is to opt for a good quality natural Aquamarine Gemstone set in a less expensive metal, such as Sterling Silver.  Gemvara has an excellent range of high quality natural Aquamarine Rings where you can customize your chosen design to any metal (eg Sterling Silver) online. 

Judging the quality of an aquamarine gemstone

A well cut Aquamarine gemstone will show its depth of color and beautiful light reflecting qualities. When buying an Aquamarine ring, look for a gemstone that catches the light and sparkles from all its facets.

So, when buying an Aquamarine ring, look for a gemstone that catches the light and sparkles from all its facets.


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