Aquamarine Ring Information
The beautiful thing about aquamarine rings is their watery blue or greenish color, which is often showcased in white precious metal rings. Aquamarine was named after a Latin expression meaning "seawater". Since aquamarine is a member of the beryl family, it is related to green emerald and pink morganite; yet aquamarine rings do not get as much attention as emerald rings. However, aquamarine rings feature in royal collections, such as the Dutch Crown Jewels, are seem on famous fingers during red carpet events and are appreciated by gemstone jewelry lovers all around the world. Those who like sky blue gemstones will love serene, blue and blue-green aquamarine rings, which encapsulate the essence of a beautiful calm sea on a hot summer's day.
Aquamarine ring history is quite long and goes back to ancient Egypt, when aquamarine was carved into amulets and used as rings and other jewelry items. The ancient Greeks and Romans also wore aquamarine rings, in the form of carved intaglios and cabochons, which were set into bronze and yellow gold. One such stunning example dating from the 12th-13th century is from Byzantium; an ancient Greek colony in the area now known as Istanbul. The yellow gold ring, which belongs to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, features an aquamarine cabochon and pearl accent stones. In the 1920s, platinum Art Deco aquamarine cocktail rings were popular. These were often accented with white diamonds and contrasting black enamel or ruby. One such Art Deco aquamarine ring by Boucheron achieved $23,340 at Christie's in 2010.
Aquamarine rings of the rich and famous include a 3-carat Le Vian Sea Blue Aquamarine and Chocolate Diamond Ring worn by Katy Perry at the 2011 Grammy Nominations Concert. Jessica Biel's engagement ring from her husband, Justin Timberlake, is a large white diamond with two aquamarine side stones. He thoughtfully chose the aquamarine accents because they are her birthstone (March). Princess Diana showcased some fabulous jewels, including a large emerald-cut aquamarine ring and a pearl and aquamarine bracelet to match. She wore the ring and bracelet with a blue dress in 1996, during a visit to Australia. The Princess's aquamarine ring was shown off again at a Christie's auction event the next year. Other stars who have worn fabulous aquamarine rings include Canadian actress, Colbie Smulders, American musician, Kristine Elezaj and American actress, Jill Zarin, whose husband bought her an aquamarine ring from the auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry. Kate Hudson wore a very large aquamarine ring with a gorgeous yellow dress at the premiere of "Something Borrowed". The ring was from her jewelry line, "CH + KH"; a collaboration with Chrome Hearts.
Aquamarine ring designs often feature white precious metal, such as silver, white gold and platinum, and emerald-cut aquamarine stones. White metal is the perfect complement for the cool color of aquamarine. Yellow and rose gold aquamarine rings are also available and these show a pleasing contrast with blue or greenish aquamarine. Both faceted aquamarine and cat's eye aquamarine gems can be found in rings. Cat's eye aquamarine rings are cut as cabochons which appear like the slit eye of a cat when light is focused on them. Many aquamarine rings have white gemstone accents, but some bolder, innovative designs place aquamarine alongside turquoise, emerald or multicolored sapphire stones. A stunning modern aquamarine ring design by Robert Procop was inspired by the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris. The white gold ring has a large central aquamarine with amethyst and diamond accents. Art Deco platinum rings from the 1920s with geometric designs make use of large aquamarine gemstones, surrounded by dazzling white diamonds.
Any aquamarine ring buying guide will tell you that as with most gemstone rings, the highest prices are paid for aquamarine gems that exhibit intense blue or blue-green color and rings with large aquamarine gems will have more value, especially when the aquamarine gems are eye-clean. Rings that have translucent to opaque aquamarine gems are generally more affordable than rings with transparent, faceted aquamarine stones. Aquamarine ring prices are quite reasonable compared to those of emerald and morganite, since aquamarine often forms in large crystals, making aquamarine cocktail rings more affordable. Some aquamarine rings contain gemstones that have been enhanced by heat, especially darker-colored stones, therefore, it is worth asking the jewelry supplier about possible treatments. All reputable gem and jewelry suppliers openly disclose any treatments and offer gemstone certification from an independent gemology lab.
How to wear aquamarine rings will depend on the design. In general, aquamarine rings are easy to wear because their color is not too vivid and is pleasing on the eye when worn with most other colors. This is why aquamarine can be worn by anybody, whatever the skin stone or hair color. Those who like to make an impact can wear statement aquamarine rings with red for a bold contrast. For those who are less daring, aquamarine looks great with neutral colors, black and summer whites. Though aquamarine rings are more ladies jewelry, cat's eye aquamarine and aquamarine cabochon rings are also popular with men. The hardness and durability of aquamarine makes it ideal for everyday wear in rings of any style.
Aquamarine ring meanings include the legend that aquamarine was the treasure of mermaids, making aquamarine a popular "sailor's lucky stone" since it was believed to calm the seas and ensure a safe voyage. Additionally, aquamarine rings are said to encourage a harmonious marriage, protect the wearer and improve the mind. Aquamarine is an official birthstone for those born in March, so it is often fashioned into birthstone rings, as well as eternity and anniversary rings for those celebrating their 19th year of marriage.