It’s President’s Day! While many of us associate today with a day off from work or school, it’s also a time to remember two of our greatest presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. While there are many stories about the integrity of both men, Lincoln was the one to earn the nickname “Honest Abe.” Aquamarine rings, with their true-blue sparkle, are a lovely way to remember our 16th president.
Abraham Lincoln was first referred to as Honest Abe long before he became president, when he was working in Illinois as a young store clerk. According to one story, when he discovered that he had given a customer even a few pennies too little change, he would close the store and walk to give that customer the correct amount.
Due to his integrity, Lincoln was soon asked to serve as a mediator or judge in various arguments and contests. His reputation followed him as he began to practice law, and later as he entered the political realm.
Those closest to him often attested to his honesty. Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, once wrote to a friend that her husband was “almost monomaniac [obsessed] on the subject of honesty.” His closet friend, Leonard Swett, agreed and cited a belief in what was right and true as the reason for Lincoln’s integrity: “He believed in the great laws of truth, the right discharge of duty, his accountability to God, the ultimate triumph of the right, and the overthrow of wrong.”
The clean, light color of aquamarine seems to be the perfect shade to honor a “true blue” president. Victorian-inspired rings beautifully showcase this striking stone, as demonstrated by the Vintage Floral Aquamarine Ring in 14K White Gold. This handmade ring features a round 6mm aquamarine, set within a unique feminine motif that’s been expertly crafted from 14K white gold. Delicate flowers are engraved into the band, adding time-honored charm.
Aquamarine and diamond rings combine the refreshing sparkle of aquamarine with the matchless brilliance of a diamond, and the 2.50 Carat Cushion Cut Aquamarine and Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold gorgeously showcases this combination. An 8mm cushion-cut diamond is the starring player of this stone, and it’s surrounded by a cast of strong supporting players: 42 round diamonds, nearly a third carat in all, create a frame around this stone and adorn the band in two glittering rows, giving the illusion of two slender bands sparkling in harmony.
The Princess Cut Aquamarine and Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold places a 7mm princess-cut aquamarine in the spotlight and accents it with eight channel-set diamonds that glitter from the 14K white gold band. Beaded edges offset these stones and add a timeless touch of class to this already sophisticated ring, while a repeating engraved motif adds interest to the sides of the band.
The crisp, vibrant sparkle of aquamarine makes it an ideal stone to commemorate anything—or anyone—that’s true blue. There’s no denying the truth: these aquamarine rings have a cool refreshing beauty that set them apart.