If your birthday is in March and you’re a big thinker, here’s a “gem” of information for you about your birthstone, aquamarine. Aquamarine is a medium-dark blue to slightly greenish blue gem with moderately strong intensity. It grows in in beautiful six-sided prismatic crystals in a number of locations worldwide: including Brazil, Pakistan, Africa, and the United States. It’s prized by jewelry and gem lovers everywhere. And it grows large.
One major source of aquamarine is in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, which is home to the the world’s largest faceted aquamarine, the Dom Pedro-Ondas Maritimas. This huge gemstone weighs in at more than 10,000 carats. Just in case you’re wondering, the monster gem isn’t for sale– not even on a “lay away and dream big” plan.
The Dom Pedro-Ondas Maritimas is housed in a glass case at the National Gem and Mineral collection at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. If you have any Pink Panther movie-inspired thoughts about getting your hands on the Dom Pedro-Ondas Maritimas, think twice. We hear the Smithsonian’s security is pretty tight.
Getting your hands on an aquamarine gemstone– or should we say getting one either on your hand or that of someone you love– isn’t difficult. It’s as close as Excel Jewellers’ Langley and Surrey stores. Pendant and bracelet forms of wearing this beautiful birthstone are popular ways of wearing these birthstones, too. We can help you with the purchase and fitting of any form of aquamarine gemstone jewellery.
If you’re looking for more birthstone or diamond information, GIA is the largest, most respected nonprofit source of gemological knowledge in the World. On our website, you’ll find lots of informative links to this organization, which exists to connect people to the understanding of gems. GIA also connects people with retailers that offer GIA-graded diamonds. At Excel Jewellers, we’re proud to be a GIA-recognized retailer.
Bring your diamond or birthstone questions and share your custom design ideas with us at Excel Jewellers. We can make it happen.