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Aquamarine Vintage Jewelry

Pale blue like the sky or deep and dark like the lush depths of the ocean, aquamarine is at once striking, calming and mysterious. From ancient Rome to Medieval Europe to the sparkling display cases of modern boutiques, the jewel has entranced wearers and admirers with its cool allure. What’s the unique story of this fascinating sea-blue gem?

Origins

Aquamarine comes from all over the globe. Brazil is the most prominent supplier of valuable blue-green variations of the gem, but it can also be mined in:

  • Nigeria
  • Madagascar
  • Kenya
  • Zambia
  • Pakistan
  • Tanzania
  • Afghanistan
  • Pakistan
  • Russia

This stone’s purity and beauty have made it a classy and coveted centerpiece for personal ornaments, and now vintage and estate aquamarine jewelry are valuable and highly sought-after.

Composition

Belonging to the beryl family of gemstones, aquamarine draws its mesmerizing blue from the presences of iron impurities within the stone and upholds a hardness of 7 to 8 on the Mohs scale. Often transparent in nature, the gem may manifest in any water-reminiscent color from clear, light blue to a deep, rich blue or even teal.

To add clarity or to change the color of the stone, heat treatment can be used to remove impurities or traces of green, as many prefer the purest blue possible.

Mythology

Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin derivation for “water and sea,” and its fascinating quality has made it the root of many myths and legends. In ancient Roman times, people believed the gem to be the sacred treasure of mermaids and the god Neptune, possessing the power to protect sailors from danger, provide harmony between married couples and heal anxiety with its tranquility. In Medieval times, wearers of aquamarine believed that it bestowed happiness, courage, foresight and youthfulness upon them.

Authentic Aquamarine Jewelry

Whether you desire this gemstone for its rich symbolism, its mythic soothing properties or merely its elegant appearance, Dover Jewelry has the unique pieces you’re searching for. With a rare, elite collection of vintage aquamarine jewelry from all over the world, we specialize in value, expert knowledge and appraisal services.

And we don’t just buy and sell the most valuable estate jewelry — we also offer certified advice and information from gem specialists. To learn more about one of our unique luxury pieces, visit our product page or contact us today.

Authenticity and Allure: Antique Precious Metal and Gemstone Jewelry


Each antique necklace, bracelet, earring, brooch or pendant you choose from Dover Jewelry & Diamonds has been authenticated as being at least 100 years old. While browsing through our ever-evolving treasury of exquisite luxury jewelry, you’re likely to find items representing several key periods:

  • Georgian (1714-1830) — Georgian jewelry is a testament to this period’s appreciation of nature and its inherent grace. Many of the Georgian rings and pins we sell feature rose cut diamonds, sapphires, rubies and other fine gemstones.
  • Victorian (1837-1901) — The Victorian Era produced whimsical jewelry in every setting, from white gold to platinum. Romance, symbolism and diamonds are often seen in this type of vintage jewelry.
  • Art Nouveau (1880-1914) — Art Nouveau is a decidedly French movement, and it introduced an elegance of flowing themes and enamels with the motto of “Femininity and Its Relation to Nature”. Tiffany antique jewelry mimics the characteristics of the Art Nouveau Era, for which the jewelry house has become renowned.
  • Edwardian (1901-1910) — Edwardian pieces incorporate platinum along with rose-cut diamonds, emerald and rubies in elaborate filigree settings that were considered “romantic” for their delicate use of curves and forms. This period is still a source of inspiration for many modern ring designers, and pieces are coveted by collectors of brilliantly crafted jewelry.
  • Arts & Crafts (1894-1923) — This jewelry revival introduced imagination into a variety of pieces, which is why so many Arts & Crafts items evoke bold feelings and elicit strong emotions. When you get to know Arts & Crafts’ rings, necklaces and more, you can easily recognize jewelry from this period while perusing our online gallery.

Certainly, there are other eras of antique and vintage jewelry as well. You can find a stunning range of fascinating possibilities every time you take a visual tour through our website. In addition, you can trust that your purchase has been authenticated by our experts.

Complete Collection of Fine Antique Jewelry


From engagement rings in rose gold to platinum brooches, Dover Jewelry & Diamonds helps you make a bold, stunning statement with your jewelry. In addition to offering the finest-quality antique and vintage jewelry, our collections and individual items are fully inspected, appraised and repaired by our extensive team of certified gemologists.

Whether you need a beautiful, one-of-a-kind item for a special occasion or you simply want to expand your personal collection of luxurious, feminine jewelry, trust your purchases to Dover Jewelry & Diamonds’ online store.

Discover the Unique Beauty of Vintage & Antique Jewelry

Jewelry is one of humankind’s oldest art forms. From ancient societies to today, jewelry has been worn by men and women to showcase their tastes, statuses and relationships.

When choosing a special, unique piece of jewelry for yourself or a loved one, consider purchasing antique jewelry online through globally-renowned Dover Jewelry & Diamonds. Our expert curators and certified gemologists find, evaluate and purchase only the finest authentic vintage and antique jewelry from individual sellers and estates.

We encourage frequent browsing of our ever-evolving collection to ensure you’re the first to discover the newest treasures, including vintage signed pieces, rare gems, unique diamond engagement rings and fine certified timepieces.

Make your dreams of owning one-of-a-kind, high-end vintage jewelry come true. Choose your favorites and purchase them today, or feel free to call us at (877) 777-6111 to speak with one of our gem specialists.