Aquamarine Fine Rings
The birthstone of March, aquamarine is prized for its brilliant shades of blue; these shades range from palest sky blue to a rich ocean blue. Aquamarine is a type of beryl, which makes it a relative of the emerald. Large aquamarine stones are fairly common, and they help make rings and any other piece of jewelry memorable.How can be aquamarines be cut for rings?
Cuts for aquamarine rings include:
- Cabochons: This means they are shaped and polished but not faceted.
- Marquise cut: This sparkling, football-shaped cut was said to have been inspired by a French king’s mistress.
- Oval cut
- Round cut
- Baguette: This is a narrow, rectangular cut.
- Square cut
- Emerald cut: This is a rectangular stepped cut.
- Rough cut: Even rough aquamarines are beautiful enough to be used for jewelry.
- Geode clusters
- Princess cut: This is a square cut with sharp corners that are usually protected by prongs.
- Trillion cut: This cut is an equilateral triangle with 31 to 50 facets.
- Cushion cut
Aquamarines are featured on:
- Cocktail or party rings, which usually feature big, showy gemstones
- Vintage aquamarine rings, which often have filigree or other ornamentation
- Tension rings, which hold the gemstone through forces within the metal
- Engagement rings
- Wedding rings
- Three stone rings; the stones may all be aquamarines or aquamarines with different gems
- Cluster rings, which has a cluster of small aquamarines in place of one large central stone
- Halo rings where the aquamarine is surrounded by smaller gems, usually diamonds
- Solitaires where the ring is dominated by a large aquamarine
- Stackable aquamarine rings
- Birthstone rings
- Eternity rings, which have jewels all around the band
- Aquamarine rings that have unusual shapes such as butterflies, bows, bees, or flowers
- Sterling silver: This is also called 925 silver because it’s 92.5 percent pure silver.
- Yellow gold: Gold is alloyed with other metals to make it stronger and give it different colors. Jewelers claim that the ideal gold to wear for jewelry is 14 or 18 karat.
- White gold
- Platinum plated silver
- Rhodium plated silver
- Black gold: Black gold is not alloyed with other metals to get its color but can be given a coating or treated so that it oxidizes.
- Rose gold
Aquamarines can be paired with other stones in an aquamarine ring, such as:
- Cubic zirconia, which are synthetic diamonds
- Pink or blue sapphires
- Mystic topaz: This jewel was created in the late 1990s. White topaz is treated to give it a rainbow-like iridescence.
- Marcasite: When marcasite is used in jewelry, it is made from fool’s gold, or pyrite.