Unlike many other gemstones, aquamarine has a very narrow color range. From light to dark blue, aquamarine can sometimes exhibit subtle green secondary tones. These are due to a greater presence of the element chromium. Because of its light blue hue, this gemstone is sometimes mistaken for blue topaz.
While there is no standardized grading system for colored precious gemstones, there are several factors to consider when looking for a quality aquamarine. The more intense the blue, the more valuable a stone will typically be. Ritani only sells the finest quality, hand-selected aquamarine.
Most faceted aquamarine will be considered eye-clean, and not graded under magnification. If a piece of rough aquamarine is found to have noticeable inclusions, it will be cut so as to minimize their impact.
Aquamarine to be worn in jewelry is most often set in white metals, such as sterling silver and white gold. The cool tones of these precious metals emphasize the distinctive blue color of the gem, as well as highlighting its high clarity.
Between 7.5 and 8 on the Mohs hardness scale, aquamarine is harder than many other gemstones but less durable than diamonds, sapphires and rubies. Aquamarine is an excellent choice for jewelry that will last through the years, provided they are taken care of.
Every aquamarine offered by Ritani is of the finest quality, hand-selected for its beautiful color. For the best value, we recommend opting for those with medium-light to medium-dark tones, and light to moderate inclusions. These criteria will ensure that your gemstone does not have noticeable blemishes that distract from its stunning hue.
Ritani stands by the quality of each of its gemstones, offering free 30-day returns for all orders. Our certified gemologists are available to help you make the right choice.
Because aquamarine stones are relatively hard, they are suitable for everyday wear. This does not mean, however, that they cannot be chipped or scratched. Care should be taken when storing your aquamarine jewelry. Separate it from other jewels to avoid scratches, in its own bag or box.
To keep your aquamarine clean, we recommend using warm, soapy water to gently clean them regularly. Wipe with a clean, dry cloth and avoid ultrasonic steam cleaners.