2018 Color of the Year…

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018 : Ultra Violet

2018 color of the year


March birthstone: Aquamarine

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If you were born in March, you’re lucky enough to have aquamarine as your birthstone. Aquamarine is a member of the beryl family, which also includes emerald. Aquamarine exists in many different shades, from pale blue to greenish-blue shades. Deeper colored aquamarine stones have the highest value, and connoisseurs typically prefer a pure blue stone with no green or gray in it. However, aquamarine is stunning regardless of the shade.  aqua ring

Characteristics of Aquamarine

Aquamarine is unique in that it never has inclusions, meaning that it’s flawless. In very rare cases, the stone will have inclusions that are only visible through magnification. Aquamarine stones are available in various shapes similar to diamonds but is often found in oval or emerald shapes.

Aquamarines vary in color from pale blue to greenish-blue. The varying intensity of the color is due to the quantities of iron in the beryl crystal. Naturally occurring deep blue aquamarine stones are rare, expensive, and in high demand. Aquamarine with a greenish color is often heated to remove the yellow component of the color. You can still find aquamarine that’s greenish in color, and these stones will be less expensive than aquamarine that has more blue to it. The icy blue color of aquamarine is flattering to a variety of skin tones, making this stone a timeless classic in the gem world.

Where Aquamarine is mined

Aquamarine is mined in Nigeria, Zambia, Pakistan, Brazil, Mozambique, and Madagascar. The largest source of aquamarine is Brazil.

Cleaning and care

Aquamarine has a hardness of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, meaning that it is a durable gemstone that’s perfect for everyday wear. Heat exposure is not recommended for aquamarine, but the color will remain the same even when exposed to light. To clean your aquamarine jewelry, use mild dish soap and a toothbrush to clean behind the stone where dust can collect. Cleaning aquamarine using ultrasonic and steam cleaners is usually safe unless the stone has liquid includes or fractures. This is rare, but if your aquamarine stone has fractures, you should only clean the stone using warm, soapy water.

* For more info on aquamarine..visit https://www.gia.edu/aquamarine

Susan Brady
A.J.P. , G.I.A.
serving York County, SC
gia certified

 *Personal Consultation/Evaluations:

A thorough evaluation of your jewelry will be conducted privately and professionally,  with the greatest concern for your safety. Under no circumstances would your valuables need to be removed from your sight. The tools and gemological equipment I use are portable, so you may choose to have your jewelry evaluated in your home or at my office. Appointments are approximately an hour and half.

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What does an Evaluation entail?
* A thorough evaluation of your jewelry, colored gemstones and pearls.
* Gemstones and pearls can be identified using the latest Gemological tools.
*  Gemstones can be weighed and measured. 
The total weight of gem set in mounting can be estimated.
*  The design style and time period of each piece can be identified.
* Instruction on the proper care and maintenance of your jewelry will be provided.

*Color Consulting:

Whether your taste runs towards trendy or traditional, as your jewelry consultant I can create colorful jewelry that will enhance any fashion design, taking in one’s features. Your favorite color may be blue; but what is the best blue on your skin tone? All colors have undertones that may not be apparent to most people.  As your jewelry consultant I can correctly identify which undertones are compatible. As your jewelry consultant, I understand the psychology of color, I know how to achieve the highly desirable and harmonious color flow you seek for your style. Colors look different under different lighting conditions. As your jewelry consultant, I consider this an important factor and I will make sure that the romantic red you pick does not end up looking orange.

Pantone’s Spring Colors 2018

2018 spring colors

*Custom Design
Using my design skills and knowledge of jewelry manufacturing, I invite you to consider my services as a jewelry designer/communicator of your creative ideas for a special one of a kind piece of jewelry. Custom jewelry is the perfect gift for any occasion.
Create a one of a kind treasure: consider a Mother’s ring, a Sweetheart ring or pendant, updating into custom wedding bands, mark a milestone with a custom necklace, or choose custom earrings with interesting colored stones for a thoughtful birthday gift. 

*To set an Appointment or Questions, email me at: bradyjewels@gmail.com

Jewelry Consulting by Susan Brady A.J.P., GIA
serving York County, SC

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