ESTATE: GIA certified 38.69 carat Aquamarine VVS to Flawless
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Aquamarine’s color range is very narrow: It can be blue, very slightly greenish blue, greenish blue, very strongly greenish blue, or green-blue. The gem’s most valuable color is a dark blue to slightly greenish blue with moderately strong intensity. In general, the purer and more intense the blue color, the more valuable the stone. Most aquamarine is a light greenish blue. Fashioned Aquamarines often have to be fairly large—generally over 5 carats—to show intense, dark color. While the choice of color is largely a matter of taste, the deeper color gemstones are more rare. The most prized color is a deep-blue aqua color, such as this stone.
Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl family, (which also includes Emerald, Morganite and Yellow Beryl). The word Aquamarine is derived from the Latin word for sea-water because the colors can range from shades of green-blue to blue. Aquamarine is more frequent in occurrence than its famous green brother, but unlike Emerald, Aquamarine is usually almost free of inclusions. Aquamarine possesses a good hardness, ranking 7.5 - 8 on the Mohs’ hardness scale of 10. Aquamarine's positive hardness rating makes it quite robust and protects it generally from getting scratched. It is tough enough to used as a center stone in any piece of jewelry.
Aquamarines are mined
in a number of locations including Nigeria, Madagascar,
Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique, but most aquamarine comes
from Brazil. In Brazil, there are mines in the states
of Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo and Bahia. Zambia, Madagascar,
Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya also produce Aquamarine.
ancient philosopher Pliny paid tribute to this gem of
vitality, stating, “the lovely Aquamarine, which seems
to have come from some mermaid’s treasure house, in the
depths of a summer sea, has charms not to be denied.”
This Aquamarine was mined in and purchased
loose from a high end jewelry store in Brazil many years ago. It has
been sitting in a safe deposit box for at least three decades. $SOLD
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