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Selling Aquamarine

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Named after seawater, aquamarine is one of the world's most fascinating gemstones. For its serene color and fresh nuance, aquamarine delights jewelry collectors all around the world. But what if you have aquamarine jewelry that you’ve inherited or been given that doesn’t suit your style? You need to make sure that you do everything you can to sell aquamarine jewelry at the best price.

Here at Worthy, we help people sell their unwanted diamond jewelry for the best possible price. What we’ve learned about selling diamonds can help you when you are selling aquamarine as well. Here is an FAQ with the answers to all your questions about selling aquamarine.

A Brief History of Aquamarine

Taking its name from Latin aqua marina, aquamarine has been a popular gemstone for millennia. Ancient Romans were fond of aquamarine jewelry, so much so that grooms often gave aquamarine to their brides, believing it enhanced love. Seafaring Greeks and Romans wore it to ensure safe, prosperous journeys, and soldiers carried it in the belief that it would render them invincible.

During the medieval era, merchants would sell aquamarine not only to young lovers, but to people who were interested in mysticism. Large pieces of the gem were formed into crystal balls, which were popular with soothsayers. Dr. John Dee, who was a horoscope expert in the employ of England’s Queen Elizabeth I, used an aquamarine crystal ball to forecast the most auspicious date for her coronation. Aquamarine has never been unpopular – vintage pieces are sometimes available and sell for incredible prices.

What is Aquamarine?

Aquamarine is a type of beryl, which is a precious stone that occurs in various hues; emeralds and morganite are some other types of beryl you may be familiar with. Aquamarine is a gorgeous bluish-green color in shades ranging from nearly white to deep blue. The deepest blue aquamarine gemstones are sometimes referred to as maxixe.

Where is Aquamarine Found?

Unlike some gemstones which are found only in certain areas, aquamarine of varying quality is sourced from different mineral deposits all over the planet. Some come from the United States, while others come from Brazil, Colombia, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, and Kenya.

What Makes Aquamarine Valuable?

If you’re hoping to sell any kind of aquamarine jewelry, you may be curious about what factors are used in appraising it. Like many other precious gemstones including diamonds, the famous “four C’s” including color, cut, clarity, and carat apply. Most valuable aquamarines are dark blue to slightly greenish blue. The best aquamarines have no visible flaws or inclusions and should appear totally clear to the naked eye. It’s definitely a plus if your aquamarine is a large one, but fine stones in sizes less than half a carat are often quite valuable.

What Sapphire Shapes are Available?

Oval, round, emerald, marquise, and pear-shaped aquamarines are valuable, but certain cuts including Asscher and cushion cuts make stones worth more, particularly if they rank well on color and clarity. 

What is a Chatoyant Aquamarine?

A very small proportion of aquamarines are chatoyant, showing a cat’s eye formation when held a certain way. If you have an aquamarine with chatoyant properties, you are likely to be happily surprised – these stones are so rare that they typically fetch an average of $10,000 or more per carat.

How to Tell the Difference Between Aquamarine and Blue Topaz?

Some ill-informed or dishonest dealers attempt to pass off less expensive blue topaz as aquamarine. All aquamarine has a slight greenish hue that helps to distinguish it from blue topaz. The more “aquamarine” in color your stone is, the more valuable it is likely to be. To gauge color, lay your stone against a white background. You’ll get a better idea of how rich the hue is.

How Do You Tell if an Aquamarine is Synthetic?

Inclusions that are only visible with a jewelers’ loupe can help to identify large aquamarines and distinguish them from lab-created versions, so don’t worry too much if an inclusion is present. Very minor inclusions may or may not detract from this gem's value.

What Types of Jewelry Is Aquamarine Typically Found in?

Aquamarine is such an appealing gemstone that it is found in all types of jewelry imaginable, including vintage and modern styles. Necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are extremely popular, as are rings containing stunning aquamarine solitaires and aquamarines set with other stones including diamonds. This gorgeous stone pairs perfectly with gold, sterling silver, platinum, and other precious metals used in jewelry making, which is just one more reason it’s so easy to sell aquamarine jewelry – there’s a style that suits nearly every taste.