Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and a beautiful pair of aquamarine earrings, set in sterling silver or gold would make an ideal gift for a girlfriend or wife with a birthday in that month. Aquamarine is a form of beryl, which makes it a close relative of the emerald, and in fact next to emeralds, aquamarines are the most expensive and sought after type of beryl.
The cost of aquamarine can vary wildly according to the color of the stones. The most expensive are the beautiful blue-green that the gem is named for. Although today the stone can be, and often is, heat treated to enhance the color. Although blue beryl is widely available the particular color and quality required for jewelry standard aquamarine is much rarer.
If you ask any woman what type of gemstone she prefers, the top answers will likely be the precious gems diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphire. However, closely following this is often aquamarine. The appeal of this gem is entirely connected with its color. Wearing aquamarine jewelry, such as a set of matching pendant and earrings, enhances any style or color of clothing and is much more wearable than the more strident colors of the precious gems.
Because of its color and sparkling water appearance, aquamarine has always been seen as connected with the ocean. Legend has it that aquamarine has healing properties, particularly for the heart and stomach and enhances the immune system. It is also supposed to improve intellectual capacity – so the aquamarine jewelry wearer should not only be healthy but also more intelligent! Even more strangely, the stone was at one time carried by seafarers as they believed it could prevent drowning. Aquamarine birthstone celebrities include Celine Dion, Sarah Jessica Parker and Mariah Carey.
Aquamarine looks good in any setting for earrings, so whether you have a preference for gold, be it white gold, yellow gold or rose gold or even platinum or sterling silver, this gem will look perfect. If you want to be a bit more daring buy aquamarine earrings that also have other gems included in the setting, a gorgeous color combination can be made by incorporating amethyst, peridot or pink topaz. The turquoise color also looks stunning with pearls or opals.
Jewelry incorporating aquamarine is extremely popular with brides, perhaps because of the “something blue” tradition. A pair of drop earrings made from a drop of this gem suspended in gold or platinum makes a stunning accessory to the traditional white wedding gown or a fabulous gift for the bridesmaids. Imagine how fabulous bridesmaids in aquamarine colored dresses with matching jewelry would look for a beach wedding!
It is not only in recent years that beautiful aquamarine jewelry has been made. It was also popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries so it is now possible to find genuine antique aquamarine earrings, pendants, pins and bracelets. Genuine vintage or antique gemstone jewelry is likely to be a bit more expensive than their modern equivalent but you can often find exquisite designs that you cannot find now and stones of amazing color and clarity. Whether you buy ancient or modern, aquamarine earrings are a perfect choice. Find out more about Aquamarine Earrings for sale.