The name Aquamarine was coined by the Romans approximately 2,000 years ago.
As the name Aqua (water) + Marine (sea) indicate, this gemstone’s allure lies in its cool blue hue, clear and refreshing as seawater.
Although the aquamarine is generally seen as a friendly companion gemstone, its charm lies in its ability to dazzle even in nocturnal light, earning it the honour of ‘Queen of the Night Jewel’. It is favoured in Europe as jewellery to adorn the evening dress.
As a direct reference to the origin of its name, the aquamarine has long been believed to be a charm protecting sailors on stormy seas. With its hardy 7.5 – 8.0 on the Mohs scale, it is frequently used as a travel talisman (also known as Travel Jewellery) to ensure safe passage on one’s journeys.
Santa Maria / Africana
Aquamarines of the most superior quality and incomparable colour are known as Santa Maria Aquamarines. Their beauty lies in their consummate clarity and deep blue hue, akin to the colour of a clear blue ocean. The name is derived from its original source in the Brazilian town of Santa Maria.
As supply from the Santa Maria mine petered out, mining of similar coloured aquamarines turned to Africa. These came to be known as Aquamarine Africana.
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