But what is water without tea?
Cool and aqua blue
I grant you,
But caffeinated and hot,
(Wouldn't this make for a pretty broach...it's 1000 carats!)
The aquamarine for March's gemstone of the month post required some extra thinking on my part as my jewelry box is completely empty of this stone. Rather than cheating and using a much cheaper topaz, I figured I would go to where I could see huge aquamarines of all types--the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. (which also happens to be not far from where I work)!
Sadly the Hope Diamond wasn't on display, but there was plenty of the light blue aquamarines to feast my eyes on, both in faceted
and very much uncut form.
I found it interesting just to compare the many different ways the stone develops.
I also learned some interesting facts while I was reading the displays at the museum. Aquamarine is the common name for the light blue version of beryl.
All of these stones are beryl, from the emeralds (yes real emeralds!), on the left, past the pinkish morganite, onto the yellow beryl (also called heliodor), to the green beryl in the front middle, with aquamarines on the right and the small display of red beryl (marketed as red emerald) in the front right. Red beryl is very rare.
The aquamarine gets its name from the Latin, Aqua Marina, which means "Sea Water," due to its pretty blue color, of course. With that in mind, there is only one set in my collection that would be the perfect match for this gem...
The Cliffs of Dover by Paragon. The plate has the better view of the beautiful ocean against the white cliffs of Dover:
There'll be bluebirds over
the white cliffs of Dover
Just you wait and see.