The color of the sea

Elegant gold ring with aquamarine & diamonds, around 1950

Like tropical sea water in the midday light of the sun, the aquamarine in this ring shimmers and shines. The gemstone shines in that magnificent water blue that has given it its name: Aquamarine, from Latin aqua marina, sea water. The large stone in the classic emerald cut reflects the light in different, bright blue tones. Through the large central panel, we look down to the bottom of this quasi-solidified sea. On each of the narrow sides of the stone, three diamonds accompany the blue stone like the spray on the waves. They are set in white gold, which corresponds to their bright light. The aquamarine, on the other hand, and the ring itself are forged in yellow gold, which gives the ring a beautiful warmth. The ring was made in the years around 1950, marking the late phase of Art Deco. After years of dominance by bright jewels made of platinum and white gold, rich yellow and red gold had made a brilliant comeback since the 1930s. Even in the post-war period, people still loved the lively combination of large coloured stones and warm yellow gold. The ring is in very good condition and is a summer eye-catcher on the hand.

The aquamarine is a gemstone that immediately captivates almost all gemstone lovers. Mineralogically, aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl, the group of minerals that also includes emerald and heliodor. The most important deposits of this gemstone are found in Madagascar and Brazil, where the most beautiful, so-called Santa Maria aquamarines are mined in the city of Ceará. As the protective stone of seafarers, the gemstone of lovers or as a stone that promises wisdom - for thousands of years the aquamarine has been one of the most valued gemstones in the world. Even in ancient times, people revered it for its brilliance and its color, which is reminiscent of the sea and cloudless skies. According to tradition, it was also believed that the gemstone could appease the god of the sea, Poseidon: sailors therefore threw aquamarines overboard during wild storms to soothe the fury of the sea god. In the Middle Ages, aquamarines were placed in the reliquaries of saints, often as peepholes so that one could look inside the goldsmith's work, for aquamarines are usually particularly pure and without inclusions. The brightest, whitest beryls were even used to make spectacle lenses - which is where our word for them comes from!

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