Aquamarine is a beautiful gemstone to purchase for any occasion, especially for someone with a March birthday or who is celebrating or re-kindling romantic love. The color ranges from nearly clear to a strong dark blue.
Like diamonds, aquamarine gemstones can be judged along the lines of cut, color, clarity, and carat weight.
First, look at the gemstone’s cut. Since aquamarine can be very lightly colored (and sometimes appear almost colorless), cut is very important to the overall appearance of the gemstone and how even or saturated the color appears.
While you’re welcome to choose the color gem that most appeals to you, it’s generally accepted that lighter colored aquamarines are less valuable than the stronger, deeper hues of blue or blue green.
Next, look at the gemstone’s clarity. Most cut gems do not have inclusions that are visible, and some rarer or more expensive aquamarines are available without visible inclusions, as well.
Since aquamarine crystals can grow to be quite large, larger cut gemstones are possible to purchase if you’re looking to make a statement. Princess Diana had a famous aquamarine ring and bracelet set, and Queen Elizabeth II of England has a breathtaking set of aquamarine jewels that include a large tiara, necklace, earrings, and bracelet.
While you may not be looking to buy in the “crown jewels” range, even smaller aquamarines make for lovely solitaires or companion jewels in larger pieces. And, of course, the symbolism or sentiment behind the purchase can make aquamarine jewelry priceless to the wearer.
If you are looking for aquamarine birthstone jewelry, find an American Gem Society jeweler near you.