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Monday, January 5, 2009

AQUAMARINE: A VERY POPULAR GEMSTONE!

Well here we are the beginning of another year and let me start by wishing all my readers a wonderful 2009.

I've been a bit slow with this blog over the past few weeks, but that's only because I've been busy, not just with the festive season's activities, but also with buying up a whole pile of wonderful additions to our designer vintage jewelry for our SHOP AT RUBY LANE and SHERMAN JEWELLERY SHOWCASE.

I've also been setting up photo albums of vintage jewelry in my ESTATE JEWELRY SHOWCASE at IMAGE EVENT and long story short, I'm finally ready to blog again. So I'm back and welcome you back too.

In today's post, I want to talk about the lovely gemstone, aquamarine. I never realized how popular this stone was until I listed a couple of aquamarine rings in OUR RUBY LANE SHOP. One, a gorgeous blue, has been sold already. We still have the larger stoned soft green ring shown on the right, which is a stunning art deco piece dating back at least 70 years or so, and set in 14k and yours for only $150 USD.

In getting ready for this blog, I decided to do a little research on aquamarine and discovered some interesting bits about its cultural and mythical usage. In the middle ages it was believed that aquamarine could overcome the effects of poison while ancient sailors believed it would guarantee a safe voyage and often slept with some aquamarine stones under their pillow to ensure a good night's sleep.

The name of this stone, aquamarine, means "water of the sea" and it's most appropriate to the lovely color we find in aquamarine stones, sometimes very blue, other times a soft green like the one in the ring above. It's a lovely clear stone and as I've discovered, often sells for a very high dollar, especially if the stone is large.

So that brings me to the gorgeous aquamarine bracelet and ring set shown at the top of this blog. This is one of our new additions at RUBY LANE. Please click that link to see more views. Both the bracelet and the ring are set in Sterling silver and in fabulous vintage condition. The 8" bracelet weighs 32 grams and has 48 crystal clear aquamarine stones. The aquamarine stone in the matching ring is 1/2" long by 3/8" wide, a lovely large stone. And just look at that "sea water" color: pale blue/green. What a stunning set!

If you, or someone you know is having a birthday in March, aquamarine is March's birthstone. On the other hand, maybe you have a 19th wedding anniversary coming up in 2009? Well then, consider that lovely bracelet/ring set as a gift for your loved one: Aquamarine is the gemstone for your 19th anniversary. You can buy that set now from our SHOP AT RUBY LANE for $395.

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