Sunday, October 5, 2008

Aquamarines and the World of Precious Gemstones

Here's an idea: Why not buy precious beads yourself and have them created into beautiful necklaces? If not for yourself, they would make beautiful gifts for your loved ones. It's always good and fun to know more about precious rocks.



The following websites have general information about gemstones, where to buy them in different sizes and shapes, even a chunk of the original rock, and healing properties. There are many thousands of websites like these. Gemstone research opens up the fascinating world of gemstone information, sources and organized international Gemological Societies.



This is a website about choosing gemstones for a loved one by businesswoman Kathy Ireland, where she says:



Becoming familiar with the many gemstones available will help with your decision in choosing a stone. The more familiar you are with your options, the easier it will be to find the gemstone that perfectly captures how special she is to you.

Browse through the Birthstone Calendar to see which gemstone corresponds with her birth month. Maybe she’s always wanted a piece of jewelry with her month’s stone. Or maybe she’s always been in love with a particular colored stone. Maybe you can find a beautiful piece of jewelry adorned with the stone from the month you two first met. The nice thing about the gemstone calendar is that you can wear any stone from any month, and it doesn’t matter to the jewelry world.



http://www.kathyireland.com/ContentSystem/ArticlePage.aspx?ArticleID=1784&CatID=96



Gemstones have long been assigned to calendars and they often differ. Here's one I have seen for a long time:



Month Traditional Birthstone(s)[3] Modern Birthstone(s)[3] Mystical Birthstone Ayurvedic Birthstone
January garnet garnet emerald garnet
February amethyst amethyst bloodstone amethyst
March bloodstone, jasper aquamarine jade bloodstone
April diamond, sapphire diamond opal diamond
May emerald, agate emerald sapphire agate
June alexandrite, emerald moonstone, pearl moonstone pearl
July ruby, onyx ruby ruby ruby
August sardonyx, sapphire peridot diamond sapphire
September sapphire, peridot sapphire agate moonstone
October tourmaline, aquamarine opal, tourmaline jasper opal
November citrine, topaz topaz, citrine pearl topaz
December zircon, ruby turquoise, blue topaz onyx ruby


from wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthstone



Aquamarine is my favorite gem, and blue topaz is also a March stone (my month), or so it is in several lists, but it doesn't matter. It really doesn't, because the more you know about gemstones, the more you will love all of them.





As an example, let's dream and learn about:



Aquamarines



http://www.ratnasagarjewels.com/Aquamarine-loose-Gemstone-wholesale-Jewelry.html

Aquamarine Gemstone- Heart Briolettes
Aquamarine Gemstone Heart Briolettes

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Item Code AQU4
Quality Length Gemstone Origin
AAA 20cm. BRAZIL
Brief details



NATURAL ,SKY BLUE COLOR IN MICRO CHEKKER FLOWER CUT NOW!
Size(mm.)Weight(Cts.)Price/Cts.Price/StrandQty

5 to 6 45$1.15$51.75 BUY
7 to 8 60$1.15$69.00 BUY




Aren't these lovely looking? These strands would make beautiful necklaces!!! And these websites also offer to send you other precious stones, too. Aquamarines happen to be my weakness, being the stone for my birthday month of March, but aquamarines are also the stones for those celebrating their 18th wedding anniversaries.



There are many websites that offer general information on aquamarines, such as,



http://www.beads-manufacturers.com/aquamarine-beads.html



Aquamarine Beads

Aquamarine Beads

Aquamarine Beads
Aquamarine actually belong to the gemstone family of Beryl. This stone is often mistaken with emerald. The high-quality aquamarine is generally free of inclusions and possesses a superior brilliance. The value of this gem depends on the intensity of the color as the more intense the color of this stone, the higher its value. They are basically hard gemstones, thus, perfect for jewelery making. It's name was derived from the Latin words of "mare" (sea) & "aqua" (water). It is highly lucky for sailors.



Color

Since, aquamarine stones are soft gems, the color adds an extra quality to it, thus, making them extra soft:
  • Shades of green (sea green)
  • Shades of blue (sky blue)
Shape

Aquamarine beads can be found in a wide array of shapes:
  • Rough Opaque nuggets
  • Delicate faceted briolettes
Significance

Aquamarine Gemstone Beads have a versatile role to play when it comes to enhancing one's personality:



  • Brings courage and fortitude ·
  • Quick intellectual responses
  • Spreads peace, harmony
  • Strengthens the bond of friendship
  • Calming communication
  • Excellent therapeutic tool
Material

Aquamarine beads can be gelled well with the following materials for production purposes. Such as jewelery, artifacts etc.



  • Gold
  • White Gold
  • Sterling Silver
  • Stainless Steel
  • Titanium
  • Rhodium
  • Shell
  • Copper
  • Enamel
  • Cloth & Nylon
Usage

The aquamarine beads are highly in demand when it comes to jewelry making:



  • Rings
  • Earrings
  • Pendants
  • Bracelets
  • Loose Gems
  • Body Jewelry
  • Necklaces
  • Jewelry Sets
  • Charms
  • Diamond Jewelry
  • Anklets
Manufacturing Hubs

Aquamarine stones are found in :



  • Brazil
  • India
  • Russia
  • Mozambique
  • Madagascar
  • Afghanistan
  • Pakistan


And where you can buy precious gemstones in chunks:



http://www.metastones.com/aquamarine_mineral_specimens.html





This gemmy aquamarine is made up of three complete crystals that have forged together in an attractive cluster. The piece is self standing, boasts a lovely clarity and sky blue color as well as great terminations.



Size: ¾ x 5/8 x ½ inches

Price: $120.00 (plus shipping and handling)





http://www.healwithgemstones.com/heal_with_aquamarine.htm





Aquamarine

Healing Powers-

Magical properties-

Aquamarine symbolizes peace. It encourages a gentle nature and personality in the wearer.

Chakra Classification-

Aquamarine is generally associated with the Throat Chakra

Star Signs -

For Aquarius, Aquamarine promotes friendship and love. For Pisces it encourages awareness. Libras are warned against danger.



Some say that gemstones heal. It is well-described on many websites that they have "chakras" or healing properties. I suppose it makes them more mysterious if they might have magical properties. That extends beyond my purview, to be sure. I just think they look gorgeous!!! They would make fabulous gifts. Buying them online from trusted sites and sources saves money, too.



Some websites offer custom designs if you choose the gemstones, such as

http://dodidesigns.com/



On the internet one can learn a lot more about many properties of gemstones. Looking at photos to really see many different views to tell them apart helps the amateur a lot. To converse knowledgeably about gemstones, whether visiting a jewelry store or at dinner with family and friends, it is now easy to learn about them with photos and descriptions on the internet.



This list is incomplete and just a small example of the many thousands of worthy websites devoted to the world of precious stones, a new interest of mine. I do not claim to have listed the best websites. These examples simply illustrate that some are for your research and education, and some are for buying as well, from all around the world, thanks to the internet.



Like paintings, you should really buy ones you love to look at, rather than for investment purposes. They don't always go up in value and can get lost or stolen. Investing money in the stock market and other financial instruments is generally the best way for investment appreciation, I believe, even in this era of uncertain values of real estate and so on. But gemstones create beautiful and enjoyable family treasure to see and feel. They are tangible assets to remember you by if you pass them along to future generations. They are precious gifts to give to friends and family, and a joy to give to yourself to own.





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