VINTAGE AQUAMARINE Blue Faceted Gemstone 1.11 cts fg101
Vintage blue aquamarine pear-shape faceted gemstone, an extremely brilliant stone weighing 1.11 carats and measuring 9.1 x 6.0 x 5.4 mm.
Aquamarine is the blue or blue-green variety of the mineral beryl. Beryl is the chief ore of the element beryllium and is mined in large quantities throughout the world. The ore material is opaque, but transparent beryl is also widespread and is cut into faceted gemstones. Like tourmaline, pure beryl is colorless (goshenite) but chemical impurities in the growth environment impart a huge variety of hues, creating "color varieties". Chromium produces a dark green variety called emerald. Manganese yields pink beryl, called morganite, and iron can produce yellow, or "golden" beryl, as well as a blue or blue-green variety called aquamarine, named after the color of dsea water. Greenish-blue material can be heated with a process that eliminates the yellow component, leaving a pure blue color. A century ago the blue-green hue was preferred, but today's market seems to favor pure blue.
This stone is a fine dark blue color with no tinge of green and was custom-cut from Brazilian material that was mined in the mid 1970s. It is visually flawless and cut in a way that maximizes brilliancy, a feature that is extremely unusual for aquamarine. The back of the stone is "closed", that is, there is no leakage of light; trapping reflected light maximizes brilliancy. The brilliancy of this particular stone is enhanced because of superior polish and exceptional clarity.
Aquamarine is the birthstone for March. Ancient Romans believed that the aquamarine was sacred to Neptune, the god of the sea. Early sailors protected themselves from the dangers of ocean voyages by wearing aquamarine talismans, engraved with the likeness of Neptune.
The price is for the one pear-shape aquamarine, which we guarantee to be natural and mined in the 1970s. Shipping cost includes insurance.
One of the photographs shows several of the books Joel has written. The Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones has for more than 30 years been the world's most authoritative source of information on (and pictures of) gemstones, including many of the rare gems, such as andalusite. (books not included in purchase!) We want you to feel 100% confident purchasing from us. Book not included in this listing!***
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We try to ship (First class) within 72 hours of receiving payment. Insurance will add a bit more depending on the value of your purchase.Our products ship first class mail and Priority Mail in the USA and First Class international.
If the customer wishes to have tracking and insurance for international orders,the package must be shipped either Express or Priority mail. Please contact us for such estimated shipping costs.
We cannot be responsible for shipments lost in transit unless insured by the customer.
**We automatically insure DOMESTIC packages if they're $100 or more! All such packages have a tracking number and normally ship USPS First Class *** Priority mail is $7.50 FOR UP TO 1 lb. of merchandise.
For international shipping of higher value items, please contact us for a shipping quotation.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: POSTAGE RATES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY IN 2016
ORDERS INSIDE USA: A charge of $3.60 covers any first class shipment up to 8 ounces. Our beads vary so much in weight that it is impossible for us to apply a single add-on charge for multiple product orders. We will continue to refund to customers any amount that greatly exceeds our actual cost of shipping and handling.
ORDERS OUTSIDE USA: International First Class rates are now crazy: $13.50 for any package weighing from 1-8 ounces. Even an order for 2-3 small bead items may cost $13.50 or more, depending on the type of material (stone versus resin, for example). Please bear with us for a few weeks while we change our listings to account for the new rates. We apologize in advance if we have to adjust the postage cost of an order that has been placed. We will understand if an order is rescinded when the postage cost is too high relative to the product value.
All international orders have contents described as "loose beads" and are flagged as "commercial samples" or " gift" if you prefer to make your life easier when receiving your beads. If you'd like us to mark your order as " gift" instead please let us know!
All our beads are inspected one by one before being shipped. They are individually wrapped to protect them and then put in little plastic ziploc bags.
All vintage beaded jewelry is either shipped in a little gift box tied with a ribbon or in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk purse.
If you ever have a problem with a damaged bead or jewelry, don't hesitate to contact us. We are only human, and with so many orders going out on a daily basis, there is always room for error. We will replace your order (assuming we have more in stock), issue you a store credit, or give you a full refund if the item is returned in the same condition as it was shipped within 7 days of receiving your order if you are not fully satisfied. You must notify us as soon as you receive your order if there is a problem.
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Thank you - Debby and Joel Arem
Nice beads!! Super fast thanks a lot!!!
I have dreamed of having a necklace such as the jade one. But the red one. That was a surprise. Both are beautiful. Thank you! Best, Jane
Lovely color;!interesting stones.
When I thought that I had ordered two of these and then checked out I had to order another set. The seller was very kind and combined my two orders and refunded my shipping.
Nice quick shipping on some hard to find items! Good packaging too!