Christine Alexander Fine Jewellery

Regular price £450.00

This striking pear cut Aquamarine weighing an impressive but not ostentatious  1.5cts is surrounded by a halo of bright brilliant cut Diamonds. Set in White Gold which perfectly sets off the cool icy tones in this wonderful gem. The Diamonds total .13cts.

This fabulous ring is available in sizes J-Q. For sizes outside this range please contact me. 

Aquamarine’s watery name perfectly represents its beautiful pale dichroic colouring. This is one of the world’s most popular and well-known gemstones. Aquamarine is a real favourite of many gem collectors and in a world that’s becoming more and more polluted, Aquamarine offers us all a breath of fresh air. All members of the Beryl family obtain their colours by the presence of metallic elements, iron in the case of Aquamarine, without which pure Beryl remains colourless. Aquamarine’s younger sister Morganite is coloured by manganese, and its older and more complicated sister, Emerald, receives her personality from the presence of chromium, iron and vanadium. Aquamarine receives its colour from the presence of two types of iron, ferrous and ferric.

Believed to be the treasure of mermaids, the gem is said to be especially strong when submerged in water. Sailors were also said to have taken Aquamarine to sea as a lucky charm to protect against shipwreck, and many people today still wear Aquamarine to prevent travel sickness.

For those frightened of spiders or flying, wearing Aquamarine is said to suppress one’s phobias. Over recent years, the lighter, natural colour has become very popular amongst gemstone collectors, whereas often in the past it was heat treated to remove any green tinges.

Similar to Amethyst where different shades are given different prefixes, Aquamarine also has a different prefix relating to its colour.  Normally Aquamarine’s tone ranges from just 10 to 30% tone and once into the high twenties, it is often referred to as Santa Maria Aquamarine. Santa Maria Aquamarine is derived from the Santa Maria de Itabira gem mines of Brazil, where deep and vibrant Aquamarines have been found - not, as some people believe, from the name of the ship on which Christopher Columbus made his first cross Atlantic voyage, or indeed from Santa Maria city in California. Although today the prefix “Martha Rocha” is often used more to describe some of the finest Kunzites, it was initially used as a descriptive word for Aquamarine.

Normally in its rough state, as when it is mined, Aquamarine is more of a greenish blue. Unusually, as it does not take a high temperature to purify the colour of Aquamarines, heat treating is undetectable in nearly all laboratory tests. As the heat treating does not intensify the tone of the Aquamarine (it only turns its green hues to blue) some gem collectors prefer Aquamarines that feature their natural greenish blue colour.

Aquamarine is believed to both soothe and prolong relationships, and for this reason, is often given as an anniversary gift way before its official listing for one’s 19th anniversary. It is the birthstone for March.

Until the late 1800s, Diamonds were among the rarest gemstones on the planet, and due to their incredible hardness, coupled with the belief that cutting them would reduce their magical powers, were often not faceted.  In fact, it was not until the 1400s that the first rudimentary facets were being applied to the gem. Then, in the late 1800s, everything began to change with the discovery of Diamonds in South Africa. Through huge marketing campaigns by the owners of these new deposits, the new kid on the gem block went from being fairly unknown, to unquestionably the global leader within half a century.

Different gemstones need different care – remember that many jewellery cleaning products can harm softer, porous or organic gems. If in doubt, a soft moist cloth is suitable for cleaning any gem.

White gold is usually enhanced with Rhodium plating. To preserve this plating, avoid swimming in your jewellery as chlorine in particular can cause faster degradation. Chlorine is present in small amounts in tap water, so it is best to avoid getting your jewellery wet where possible.  It is a simple matter to have items re-plated.

Jewellery is best stored individually in a soft pouch or a box with compartments away from sunlight and where harder gemstones can’t scratch softer ones.


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