Aquamarine is set to be the colour of spring/summer 2017, this bright and breezy gemstone is perfect for a summer palette, enriching soft pastels and complimenting bright summer hues, a colour to suit any outfit and occasion, easily dressed up or down.
Aquamarine is a beautiful blue gemstone, the colour of which varies vastly, from a sea-green colour through to an exquisite sky-blue. The most sought after colour tends to be a striking, deep sky-blue colour, however it wasn’t always this way, in the 19th century people preferred their aquamarine to be sea-green. Aquamarine gets its name from the Latin words meaning water and sea which isn’t surprising as it’s beautiful shades of blue are reminiscent of cool blue Mediterranean waters.
Aquamarine is part of the Beryl family, as is Emerald. The best quality tend to come from Brazil, but they are also mined in other parts of the world such as Africa, Sri Lanka and Russia.
The serene blue of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, and to help with keeping calm and level-headed. People used to believe that it was a gemstone to keep sailors safe as it kept the waves calm, and now it Is often suggested that aquamarine enhances the happiness of marriages, so it is a very popular gemstone for anniversary gifts. Good quality Aquamarine Is well known for having an extremely good clarity, faceted it is a very clear gemstone enabling it to sparkle beautifully.
Celebrities and monarchs have been adorned with aquamarine for many years. In 1953 the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II was given a strikingly beautiful aquamarine necklace and matching earrings by the president of Brazil as a coronation gift, and later in 1957 Her Majesty the Queen commissioned a matching tiara to be made, making for a stunning suite of aquamarine jewellery.
At G Collins and Sons, we have a fantastic selection of different cuts as well as a vast scale of colour covering a broad price range, to ensure each and every one of our clients can find the perfect aquamarine for them. from a cushion cut intense sky blue ring to a pear shaped soft sea green pendant, all of our pieces are unique and handmade in our workshop to suit the very finest quality of our aquamarines. Prices start from approximately £400 for a pair of aquamarine earrings in 18ct white gold settings.
Our Aquamarine jewellery is based entirely upon the quality of the gemstone alone. Our aquamarines pieces which are made by our workshop start with the gemstone first. The aquamarines are sourced rough from the mines, cut and polished and then brought directly to us, so that we can then meticulously select the very best gemstones, sometimes only choosing two out of thirty gemstones offered. The jewellery is then designed around the gemstone. This way we can be certain that an aquamarine ring made in our workshop is based entirely upon the quality of the gemstone first and foremost. Our designs often favour an art deco style, this is one of Mr. Collins’ favourite eras of jewellery and Mr. Luck the manager and in-house designer feels that they are timeless designs suited perfectly to aquamarine.
Once Mr. Collins and Mr. Luck have selected the very finest aquamarines and worked together to create beautiful and unique designs for each piece, they hand it over to our craftsmen in our workshop which is on site and the making process can commence. We are very lucky to have some of the finest craftsmen in the country who bring our designs to life with such finesse and perfect attention to detail. Our aquamarines are often set with diamonds helping to bring out the irresistible shades of blue, but as a small independent family business with our own workshop we have complete freedom to create bespoke pieces that you just won’t find anywhere else.