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March Birthstone – Aquamarine

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The name aquamarine comes from the Latin: acqua = water & mare = sea.  Ancient Romans believed that the aquamarine was sacred to Neptune, the God of the Sea, that it had fallen from the jewel boxes of the sirens and washed onto shore.  Early sailors wore aquamarine talismans as protection against dangers at sea.  Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family.  Beryl is a mineral that crystallizes within large grained igneous rocks on the earth’s crust.

Aquamarine varies in color from blue-green to a light sky blue, but gems containing green are often heat-treated to remove this less desirable color.

The majority of aquamarine, unlike other gemstones, are flawless.  It is a relatively abundant gem, the largest deposits being in Brazil, but also found in China, India, Australia, Africa and the United States

The gift of this gemstone symbolizes both safety and security, especially within long standing relationships.

Engagement Proposing Season

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

The holidays are over making room for the engagement ring buying season.  Many consider it ultra romantic to propose on Valentine’s Day. When looking for that special ring there are many factors to take into consideration; Platinum or Gold?  Modern or traditional?  Flashy or understated?  Diamonds or another precious gemstone? Solitaire or embellished  etc. etc?

You may also want to consider buying the stone separately as you usually get a better deal this way. Also, look at stones that are a fraction less than the next carat eg.0.80 ct instead of 1.00 ct or 1.90 ct instead of 2.00 ct etc. The indiscernible

difference can add up to big savings.

Remember diamonds aren’t for everyones taste, some prefer a colored stone like an emerald, sapphire, topaz etc. flanked by smaller diamonds on the sides or surrounding the stone.

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