Aquamarine
  • Mineral: Beryl        

  • Main Source of Origin: Brazil, Mozambique, Madagascar, China

  • Mohs Hardness: 7.5 - 8.0

  • Birthstone: March    

Aquamarine gets its name from the Romans around 2000 years ago. It is derived from aqua meaning ‘water’ and marine meaning ‘ocean’. Aquamarine has a harness of 7.5 - 8.0 on the Mohs scale and is frequently used as a travel talisman. Traditionally, Aquamarine was believed to be a charm that protects and promises mariners a great journey. Its wearer is said to have controlled passions and empowered by a calm and reassuring posture. This belief is brought forth by the cool blue hue and clarity of Aquamarine which is associated to the refreshing seawater.

 

Aquamarine makes a big impression with its bright and clear blue colour but has a stronger character where it emits a stronger luminance in dimmed lighting. It has been called ‘Queen of the Night Jewel’ and has been favoured in Europe as a jewelry to go with an evening dress. In Japan, people often wear aquamarine in warm seasons as the neat image and cool colour of aquamarine complements the season well.

Santa Maria/ Africana

Named after its original source in Brazilian town of Santa Maria, Santa Maria Aquamarines holds the most superior quality and color of aquamarine. Santa Maria Aquamarines have a consummate clarity and deep blue hue, liken to the color of a clear blue ocean. When supply of such superior aquamarine ran out in the Santa Maria mine, miners turn to Africa for the mining of a similar color which are known as Aquamarine Africana.