The beautiful, cool blue aquamarine stone appropriately gets its name from the Latin, aqua marina, meaning water of the sea. Aquamarine stones derive their blue hue from iron traces in their chemical composition. Their color can range from an almost colorless pale blue to blue-green or teal, but the most prized and valuable color is a deep blue aqua color. No matter what color your stone, Ralph Mueller & Associates will provide you with the best price in Phoenix for your aquamarine jewelry pieces.
The most valuable aquamarines come from Brazil, but this semi-precious stone is also mined throughout the world, in Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia. As a member of the mineral family known as beryl, the blue aquamarine is often overshadowed by its more widely known sister, the green emerald. Unlike the emerald, however, the aquamarine gemstone is easier to mine, easier to cut and also highly resistant to inclusions, which can have an effect on a gemstone’s clarity. Because of these three factors, aquamarine stones are more common and therefore much less expensive.
Legend refers to aquamarine as the Treasure of Atlantis, with the power to protect sailors at sea. This elegant gemstone was also believed to be a positive influence for happy relationships, which is why aquamarine stones have become popular as engagement rings and are often given as gifts on anniversaries. Aquamarine stones rank high on the Moh’s mineral hardness scale. Known as the birthstone for the month of March, aquamarines are a very durable stone, requiring little care, making them ideal for jewelry in all types of settings. To receive a fair and honest appraisal of your aquamarine jewelry, contact the professional jewelry appraisers at Ralph Mueller & Associates today. Call (480) 949-9299 now.