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Our favorite gem cutter Roger Dery of Roger Dery Gem Design shares his thoughts on March’s birthstone – Aquamarine!

Aquamarine conjures up all sorts of pictures…shimmering blue lakes, fluorescent chlorine colored swimming pools, vividly glowing aquariums. If we look, Aquamarine is quite an awe-inspiring mineral with unique characteristics that give it a worthy reputation! Why? Here’s 3 reasons…

1. Aqua’s Crystal Structure

Aquamarine has a very distinctive crystal structure with its long hexagonal shape. When we’re in Africa sorting through mixed bags of rough minerals, Aquamarine can be spotted from 5 feet away!

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2. Aqua’s Color

“Aquamarine” is Latin for “sea water,” aptly named for its characteristic color. However, Aqua, like sea water, can appear more blue or more green, depending on the mood of the element Iron which colors it! The most desirable color for Aquamarine is a medium toned pastel blue with just a hint of green. Usually, Aquamarines’s color will grow more intense in larger gems.


3. Aqua’s Folklore

Aquamarine is the subject of many myths and legends, promising insight and foresight to the gem’s wearers. It has long been famed for its healing powers over a wide variety of illnesses…if one simply touches Aquamarine to water before drinking. To add to Aqua’s awesomeness, it is reputed to make its wearer unconquerable, amiable, and intellectual!

Why Roger Loves Aqua

“From a faceting perspective, Aquamarine is unique in that it likes to be faceted. It takes a great polish really quickly, almost like it can’t wait to shine! Add to that is its fabulous water-like transparency and crystal-like clarity, and we know why Aqua has been cherished for centuries. Many gems are loved most highly by those who claim it as their birthstone, but Aquamarine seems to have a broad and devoted following from those born in every month of the year!”
– Roger

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Aquamarine shown above from L to R – 14.15ct Brazilian Aquamarine Classic Emerald Cut, 9.34ct Malawian Aquamarine Asscher Cut, 12.00ct Sri Lankan Aquamarine Rectangular Cushion.

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March’s birthstone is a cool plunge into a refreshing pool!

Aquamarine_GIA_2Aquamarine is the birthstone for March and the gem of the 19th wedding anniversary.   The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.  This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage.  The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.  Its pale, cool color beautifully complements spring and summer wardrobes.  Aquamarine is most often light in tone and ranges from greenish blue to blue-green; the color usually is more intense in larger stones.  This gemstone is mined mainly in Brazil, but also is found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.

Famous Aquamarines


The Hirsch Aquamarine is an enormous 109.92 carat fancy emerald-cut gem. It is 100% natural, free of any heating or other color enhancing treatments as is so common in aquamarines. The color is a perfect aquatic blue as rich as the stone’s wealthy namesake. The luster of this gem is absolutely amazing. In recent history, a rumor began circulating that the table facet of the Hirsch Aquamarine had been scratched. However, that was nothing more than urban legend as anyone who has personally inspected the stone can verify for themselves. the House of Louis XV has created an exquisite pendant by intricately appointing the stone with 118 diamonds set in 18K white gold.


The Dom Pedro Aquamarine was mined from a Brazilian pegmatite in the late 1980s, and  was named for Brazil’s first two emperors, Dom Pedro Primeiro and his son, Dom Pedro Segundo. Before cutting, the portion of the beryl crystal from which the obelisk-shaped gem was fashioned measured 23.25 inches long and weighed nearly 60 pounds. The obelisk, designed by world-renowned gem artist Bernd Munsteiner, stands 14 inches tall, measures 4 inches across the base and weighs in at 10,363 carats or 4.6 pounds. These impressive dimensions render the Dom Pedro the largest cut-and-polished gem aquamarine known. A pattern of tapering “negative cuts” faceted into the reverse faces of the sea-blue obelisk serves to reflect the light within the gem, giving the piece surprising brightness and sparkle. With the proper lighting, this remarkable sculpture appears to be illuminated from within.

Sources:  American Gem Society and Gemological Institute of America, World Famous Gems and the Smithsonian.

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Part futuristic movie, part cool video game, this new 3D computer-aided method of making jewelry is becoming the hottest trend in custom jewelry. It’s so easy and so very fun! Working with our trained staff, you first select a starting point design from thousands of options. Then using the 3D design software, you have creative control to customize every detail of the jewelry from stone size, shape, and color to extensive design changes. Once you are satisfied, we will precision build the jewelry just for you from the computer file. You then receive a totally unique, one-of-a-kind piece that you helped create.

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