|Image from Mtn Mines|
|Image from Bangkok Gem Mart|
Aquamarine, the name derived from Latin 'aqua' for water and 'mare' for sea, means the stone of the sea. Trust me when I tell you they live up to their name. The amazing set of colors that aquas come in can range from the green toned blue of a tropical shallow, through the delightful water blue that is nearly white, to the outstandingly rich tones of the Santa Maria, is a prime example of how mother nature just loves to play with the subtleties of color.
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So what makes them... well, them.
Aquamarines are a form of Beryl. All Beryls start out as a silicate mineral with the chemical formula of Be3Al2(SiO3)6. They all form prismatic or tabular crystals of columnar, radial or granular nature. They form mainly in granitic pegmatites. They all have a wonderful hardness, in the 7.5 to 8 range, but they are not all that tough. Hit one wrong and it can fracture or splinter. (information paraphrased from both
Wikipedia and Mindat)
|Aquamarine from Shigar Skardu, Pakistan (Wikipedia)|
So what does all that rather unreadable information mean?
Okay... It means that beryls are made from the kind of stuff that our earth is made of, silicon. It means they also contain aluminum and beryllium, both heavy metals that are common in the earths crust. They form what look like long, six sided needles, pencils and columns in the places where they grow and those places are normally in rocks that have cracked under pressure of hot lava that has not actually broken the surface, in magma that cools very slowly forming just tons of crystals.
|Aquamarine from Quy Chau District (Image Marin Mineral)|
So what does all of this have to do with me?... with EyeCandy Chainmaille? Well, I use stones in my work. I use both faceted gems and beads, and indeed some of those stones are Aquamarines.
|Aquamarine Classic Elegance|
This is my Classic Elegance Bracelet. The Aquas in this one were cut my D Elizabeth Dewolfe of Prescott Arizona. They were actually found in Wyoming. Yes, Wyoming USA. The stones can be mined there in Johnson. There are other places in the US that aquamarine is mined as well, such as the Sawatch Range in Colorado and in Franklin County, North Carolina. I think you can see that in the hands of a Master Cutter, the stones are nothing less than amazing!
Here you can see some beads. These are silky style stones, with the opacity that silkies are known for. The are pretty and at various times, the stones do really show the blue tones Aquas are known for.
I hope this will help you to understand just a tiny bit more about these fabulous gemstones. They are stunning, whether they are the water clear faceted stones or the silky cabochons and beads. You will find both in my work as well as many other fabulous gemstones. Stop By and have a look at all the fabulous pieces of jewelry we have to offer. Who knows! You may find something you simply can not live without!