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March Birthstone Spotlight: Aquamarine
Posted By Beverly A. Guy On February 28, 2014 @ 10:47 pm In Gemstone Jewelry,Gemstone Rings | No Comments
Just when winter seems at its worst, March comes along with the hope that warmer weather is on the way. Thus, it’s no surprise that aquamarine is the birthstone for the third month of the year: its refreshing color calls to mind the hue of a clear early spring sky under which the earth will soon be filled with life once more. As a result, aquamarine jewelry provides a refreshing burst of sparkle that’s perfect when you’re ready for spring.
The Princess Cut Aquamarine and Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold displays the cool yet energizing hue of aquamarine in a design with timeless elegance. A two-carat aquamarine, seven inches square, is the star of this ring, and it’s complemented by the eight diamonds that are channel set into the band. Delicate beaded edges provide the perfect finishing touch for this always classy style.
The appeal of aquamarine is nothing new. From the Sumerians to the Egyptians to the Greeks and Romans, many cultures over thousands of years have admired this gem. Given the aquamarine’s long and solid history, it’s only natural that this gem would be a lovely option for designs curated from times past. For example, the Vintage Floral Aquamarine Ring in 14K White Gold beautifully surrounds a 6mm round aquamarine with meticulously carved blossoms, bringing the romance of the Victorian Era to life. It’s a striking example of how the vibrant color of this stone gives time-tested styles a look that’s fresh and eye-catching.
The very name “aquamarine” is a celebration of this gemstone’s vibrant beauty. It comes from two words, “aqua” and “mare,” which mean “water” and “sea,” respectively. This moniker provides a vivid picture of the light blue sparkle of the aquamarine: the gentle yet striking appearance of this stone really does call to mind the color of the ocean on a cloudless day.
The Roman philosopher Pliny said that the aquamarine “seems to have come from some mermaid’s treasure house, in the depths of a summer sea.” Aquamarine and diamond rings perfectly capture the beauty of the summer sea as they add a touch of colorless glitter to the aquamarine’s blue sparkle—a combination that calls to mind the dazzle of the sunlight on the ocean.
The Floral-Inspired Aquamarine and Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold showcases the striking combination of aquamarine and diamonds in a truly unique style. This one-of-a-kind ring draws its inspiration from nature as it surrounds a 6.5mm round aquamarine with 18 small diamonds in clusters of three to resemble glittering petals. Another 22 diamonds are channel-set into the slender 14K white gold band, adding extra dazzle to this already head-turning ring.
Aquamarine’s cool sparkle makes it a fitting gemstone for celebrating that your love is true blue, and while aquamarine engagement rings aren’t exactly traditional pics, they’re lovely options. For example, the Tension Set Aquamarine Ring in 14K White Gold provides a sophisticated and modern option when popping the question as it hugs a stone that calls to mind the ocean with a setting that resembles a graceful wave. A 6.5mm round aquamarine is the star of this ring as it’s seemingly held in midair by a gleaming tension setting.
Of course, you can choose this gem simply for its looks! Aquamarine is the perfect partner for cobalt blue, a hue that’s already making a big splash in everything from handbags to skinny jeans. If you’re looking for a piece to complement the pop of indigo that’s popping up this season, try one of Apples of Gold’s aquamarine pendants! The Cushion Cut Aquamarine and Diamond Pendant in 14K White Gold would positively dazzle against a backdrop of cobalt blue as it displays a 9mm cushion-cut aquamarine with a frame of glittering diamonds. Additional diamonds stud the bale, for a total of over a quarter carat of colorless, complementary sparkle.
Aquamarine pendants also make especially lovely gifts as they can be slipped on instantly and one size fits all. The 6mm Heart-Shaped Aquamarine Necklace in 14k White Gold would be a much appreciated present for any lady who holds a special place in your heart, from a girlfriend to a sister to a daughter. A single heart-shaped aquamarine is held by a simple V-shaped bale, creating a look that’s sweet and sparkling. An 18-inch chain is included so it’s ready to wear.
Aquamarine earrings also make excellent gifts, and the 3.40 Carat Emerald-Cut Aquamarine Stud Earrings in 14K White Gold would be appreciated by nearly any lady in your life. These timeless pieces showcase a pair of 1.70 carat aquamarines, each 8mm high and 6mm wide. These gems are held in simple basket settings of 14K white gold, creating a look that’s always in good taste. This pair is just one of the aquamarine stud earrings in Apples of Gold’s selection that can go nearly anywhere thanks to its enduring beauty. And, thanks to their gorgeous color, they’re especially flattering for those with blue eyes.
It’s not surprising that the word “aquamarine” has become synonymous with a vibrant shade of sky blue. It’s also not a surprise that aquamarine is poised to be one of the hot colors of the summer—its vivid sparkle seems to embody the mesmerizing sparkle of the sea that comes to mind when dreaming about a summer vacation. Regardless of when your birthday falls, aquamarine rings, pendants and earrings are lively, glittering picks that are perfect for spring—and the season to follow!
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