Aquamarine has an irresistible color that ranges from a pale blue to a light teal. This mesmerizing spectrum comes from aquamarine’s green undertones. And this is why it was named “aqua marine” which is Latin for “sea water.” As light reflects through it, we experience this gem as a calm, soothing presence in the midst of our hectic lives. Wear it on your finger for a constant reminder to relax and take a deep breath.
A passion to grow
Aquamarine grows in large crystals making it perfect for cocktail rings and fashion statements. We currently have an individually graded step cut emerald shape that measures 18.6 mm x 14 mm.
From the mists of time
Though aquamarine was discovered thousands of years ago, pictures of early jewelry have proved hard to find. The ancients carved it into amulets that sailors, travelers, and warriors carried for protection and they may have worn them around their necks. As faceting blossomed in the Renaissance, gem cutters could reveal its excellent clarity. But I couldn’t find many images of famous aquamarines in jewelry until they emerged in the late 19th century. It hasn’t looked back yet and remains a popular and fashionable choice up to the present.
A Parade of Styles
Starting in the Late Victorian era, aquamarine jewelry flowered capturing the spirit of different periods: Belle Époque (1871-1914), Art Nouveau (1890-1910), Art Deco (1920s-30s), Modern (Post WWII till the 1970s), and Contemporary (1980s to present). Aquamarine — a beryl cousin of emerald and Morganite — has excellent clarity and is mostly faceted. But world-class gem carvers continue to achieve astounding results. You’ll find some outstanding examples of these as you scroll down.
Brazilian Aquamarine Parure, British Crown Jewels
On her coronation in 1952, the Brazilian people presented Queen Elizabeth II with a necklace and earrings featuring famous aquamarines. She loved the set so much that she had her jewelers complete the parure by creating the matching tiara, bracelet, and brooch. After 65 years as queen, she continues to favor this parure for evening engagements.
Carved 113.24 ct. Aquamarine by Master Gem Carver, Michael M. Dyber
With this remarkable aquamarine, Dyber became the first American to win the grand prize in the prestigious Idar-Oberstein Gemstone Cutting competition in Germany. He competed against the world-class carvers that have made Idar famous for centuries. The aquamarine features his trademarked “Dyber Optic Dish” effect.
8.08 ct. Faceted Aquamarine By Master Gem Cutter, John Dyer (Starbrite™ cut)
In 2015, Dyer won 1st place in the Idar-Oberstein competition for a carved citrine called “Internal Flame.”
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