Aquamarine is a transparent variety of beryllium. A gemstone with a blue, blue or blue-green tint, the sister of which is the emerald, dark green color. Its appearance is reminiscent of the sea, which is where its name comes from. Aqua marine is Latin for "sea water". According to legends, it comes from the treasury of the sea nymph, who gave aquamarine to the earthly prince with whom she was in love.
History of aquamarine
When we look at the history of the minerals, aquamarine seems to be one of the favorite minerals. It was especially valued in medieval times. In 1604, Boetius de Boodt first used the name aquamarine. It often forms large crystals that are given a name and that have a rich history. Often set in crown jewels and used as windows in monstrances. One of the unique items made of aquamarine is the scepter of Stanisław August Poniatowski, currently kept in the Royal Castle in Warsaw. According to medieval astrologers, this stone had the power to calm a stormy sea, so it was often used to make amulets for sailors.
Aquamarine- sea stone, angel stone
Blue aquamarines are most desirable. Green minerals are subjected to thermal treatment at a temperature of about 400-450 degrees Celsius, thanks to which they change their color to blue, the process is irreversible. Aquamarine has an interesting property called dichroism. Dichroism is also called two-color - it means that depending on the setting of the crystal, it can be blue or colorless. After polishing, aquamarine can shimmer - this is a property characteristic of such minerals as, for example, a tiger's eye.
Aquamarine beads can be used to create cool, blue, everyday jewelry as well as elegant jewelry sets. To care for the stone, it should be washed under running water. The quality of aquamarine is also improved by periodic exposure to sunlight.