Aquamarine takes its name from “aqua marina”, Latin for sea water: its distinctive hue immediately brings to mind the soft shimmer of the ocean. It possesses an exquisite luster and is almost entirely free of inclusions. Aquamarine is a hard gem whose distinctive color results from the presence of iron. The most remarkable aquamarines can be found in Brazil or Pakistan.
Van Cleef & Arpels chooses aquamarines coming from these special areas of the world. The Maison selects only gems of the purest composition and the most intense hue. To guarantee to its clients the most remarkable color, the aquamarine must be perfectly cut.
Aquamarine is said to exert a soothing effect on young couples, ensuring a long and happy marriage. The gemstone for the 19thwedding anniversary, it is also reputed to reawaken love in older couples.
Maintaining your aquamarine:
To protect the stone and preserve its unique color, Van Cleef & Arpels recommends not leaving it in the sunlight or in the heat. Aquamarine must be cleaned with warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush.