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Blue: Cool, Clear Aquamarine

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Wow, even the name connotes shimmering, coolness! Not just aqua, but also marine! A member of the beryl family of gemstones (the same family as the emerald), aquamarine ranges from light to deep blue, and is readily available in high-clarity specimens, unlike the emerald. Since the 1400's, it has been considered the March birthstone (but before then, it was the October birthstone!). Aquamarine is a fairly durable gemstone, having a hardness of 7.5 - 8.0 on the Mohs' scale (10 is maximum hardness). Legendarily, it is a symbol of health, youth and hope!

At Viridian Gold, we have recently added eleven new aquamarine pieces to round out our collection of jewelry featuring this beautiful blue gemstone. For instance, pictured above is our Contemporary Aquamarine and Diamond Pendant, #5456 which combines the striking beauty of a faceted oval aquamarine in 14K white gold with the brilliance of seven full-cut, quality white diamonds. But, if you like a more traditional look, consider th…

More on determining your ring size

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If you don't already know your ring size, it is really not possible to determine it with any accuracy without actually trying on several different-size rings to see how they fit. Too bad it is not as easy as measuring your waist size with a tape measure! Check our our Ring Size Help Page on our website for more info.

On that help page, we offer a "Ring Size Guide" which contains a number of circles which represented ring sizes from small to large. The idea is to put a correctly fitting ring that you already have down on the paper to find its size. But, the problem with such a document (similar ones are offered on other jewelry websites) is that you must print it exactly right in order for it to be useful--if your printer setup is wrong, then the document will print at the wrong size, and all of the ring sizes will be wrong! And, even if everything is set up correctly, and the document prints at the correct size, there is still a lot of room for error. This is because it …

Gemstone Rings: Wear A Rainbow On Your Finger!

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We have recently added some beautiful new pieces to our store--if you like color, you will love these! Blue Topaz surrounded by citrine, peridot and amethyst dazzle the observer in our Gemstone Flower Ring, #1026. These are all securely set in a quality 14K white gold setting, and like most of our rings, we can custom size it for you in 1/4-size increments. Or, if you want a ring with color that is not quite so wide, check out our equally dazzling Muliti-Color Gemstone Ring, #1078, which boasts amethyst, blue topaz, peridot, garnet and citrine gemstones for a stunning five-color effect. The stones are set in a fine dual-rail 14K white gold setting which can be sized just for you.

If you are looking for color, but not in a ring, consider our beautiful Multi-Gemstone Bypass Necklace, #2093. Fabricated in fine 14K white gold, this necklace is composed of a pendant of diamonds, blue topaz, peridot, citrine, garnet and amethyst, all suspended on an 18" 14K white gold rolo chain. Check …