Alex Sepkus's Aquamarine and Diamond Seashell Ring
Did you know that Aquamarine gems are in the same family as Emeralds? Both members of the Beryl family, Aquamarine, is the sea blue colored sister to the world renowned gem of deep green hues. Aqua has been known through the ages as a stone of courage and protection, often carried by seamen in ancient times to promote safe travel on the water and to protect against drowning. Some legends even have it that Aquamarine came from a mermaids jewelry box! It’s no wonder ocean lovers around the world are drawn to this watery beauty!
Beautiful crystal specimen of Mt. Antero Colorado Aquamarine.
A stone to help with clarity of thought, reasoning and assimilation of new knowledge, this makes Aquamarine the perfect gift for the student in your life. It has been known to open up intuition and encourage intellectual growth and inner knowledge. A great stone as well for soul searchers, spiritual practitioners and meditators, Aquamarine is said to work with the Heart Chakra by helping one to realize their innermost truth. Facilitating the releasing of old patterns of behavior that no longer serve, and that actually inhibit one's personal growth. Aquamarine, much like a respite by the ocean, can also bring peace and calm to the overactive mind, making it a great aid for deepening the meditative state. Meditating with Aquamarine can bring new insights from the higher self to be applied in daily life.
The birthstone of those born during the month of March, water lovers and non-water lovers are drawn to this watery blue hued stone. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel to the ocean to find them. Mountainous, land-locked Colorado, Squash Blossom’s home state, is actually renown for Mt. Antero and its plethora of Aquamarine deposits. In fact, the largest aquamarine specimen ever found in North America came from near the summit of Mt Antero in the Sawatch Range.
Aqua from Mt. Antero ranges from colorless (actually called "goshenite") to deep blue, with lighter blues being the average. Green colored stones are rare as are yellows (heliodor) which will always have a green tinge. American mined gems, like those from Mt. Antero, make a great option for those looking to find conflict free and fair trade sourcing of their gems as many of the prospectors are local Coloradans.
An example of the Colorado Aqua available for custom creations in our stores.
Looking to add a little magic to your own or a loved one’s life with this mystical and tranquil blue gem? While the gorgeous designer Aquamarine pieces featured in this newsletter can be found at both our locations, we also have the ability to source specific cut gems from the world over or from right in our own backyard. Our in house jeweler has partnered with a Colorado gem prospector to bring a fabulous array of Colorado mined Aquamarine, Smokey Quartz and Topaz to our stores. Faceted loose and mounted gemstones are available, making them the perfect gift for the Colorado gem lover in your life!