The definitive guide: Blue gemstones, properties, meanings and iconic jewelry pieces with pictures

Although the precious sapphire has already become one of the most admired precious stones in the world, various other blue gemstones are still being mined and favored by the world, as if every blue-colored substance in nature has a special meaning.
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Although the precious sapphire has already become one of the most admired precious stones in the world, various other blue gemstones are still being mined and favored by the world, as if every blue-colored substance in nature has a special meaning.

Thousands of blue gems have been discovered so far, and below are the ones that are the most beautiful and precious.

Aquamarine

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Source: Boucheron Necklace set with a 78,33 ct Santa Maria oval aquamarine, moonstones and cultured pearls, paved with diamonds and aquamarines, on white gold.

Aquamarine, originated from the Latin word “sea water”. According to the legend, this beautiful gem is produced on the bottom of the sea and is the essence of sea water; therefore sailors in the old times use this stone to pray to the sea god hoping to be blessed with safety in the sea.

Most aquamarines are light blue gemstones with a greenish tone, reminding us of the sea shore in summer.

Iron is the reason that this stone forms this refeshing color; while chromium or vanadium contributes to the intense green of Emerald. Both of them belong to the same family, the beryl.

However, compared to the extremely high prices of emeralds, the aquamarine is affordable and generally has a better clarity, a much larger output. This makes it possible for ordinary people like you and me to own a few pieces of high-quality aquamarine jewelry.

Meanings of Aquamarine

This refined stone is renowned for its physical and spiritual benefits. The aquamarine is helpful for appeasing anxiety, enhancing serenity and boosting communication.

Diamond blue

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Source: A Sotheby’s employee displays the rare Blue Moon Diamond during a preview at Sotheby’s on Wednesday in Geneva. Martial Trezzini / AP, Nbcnews

During the formation of diamonds, the presence of different elements contributes to a variety of colors. Among all of them, red, blue, green and pink diamonds are extremely rare and expensive and thus are mostly bought by collectors.

Natural blue diamonds do not contain nitrogen but a very small amount of boron which makes the color. Due to its scarcity, now experts are able to artificially synthesize blue diamonds by adding an appropriate amount of boron.

Diamonds are definitely one of the most expensive blue gemstones we can find.

One of the most pricy blue diamond jewelry piece, The blue moon ring was auctioned in Sotheby’s. Internally flawless, the Blue Moon has been christened “one of the rarest gems in the world,” and the GIA has declared that its Fancy Vivid hue might be so unique as to be indescribable.

Indicolite or Blue Tourmaline

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Tourmaline: the rainbow that fell into the earth

Tourmaline, also known as the wish stone, has strong energy itself and is a gem that tends to absorb.

In 1500, a Portuguese exploration team discovered a gem in Brazil that glowed with colorful neon lights. This gem hidden at the foot of the rainbow that day was therefore called tourmaline by future generations, also known as “the rainbow that fell into the earth“.

At present, tourmaline together with ruby, sapphire, aquamarine, tanzanite, emerald, is classified as precious gemstones, which is deeply loved by the public and have huge market values.

Meanings: Joy, Positive energy, Charm and Self confidence

The tourmaline has bright and vivid colors like the rainbow, which gives people a happy and cheerful feeling, helps to expand their minds and horizons, and has a certain auxiliary treatment effect for curing mental illness such as depression.

The energy contained in tourmaline has a calming effect, which helps people focus. In addition, those changeable colors inspire ideas and creativity, so that people could behave steadily, do their best, and make their careers flourish.

Tourmaline can also emit a magnetic field with great affinity, which can eliminate the indifference among individuals, and therefore have a natural attracting effect regarding love and friendship.

At the same time, people wearing tourmaline jewelry can release more charm and become more attractive.

Blue Tourmaline or Indicolite- Freedom, balance, wisdom, masculinity

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A general term for light blue to dark blue tourmaline. Blue tourmalines are rare, and now they have become the most valuable kind of tourmalines.

They are produced in yellow clays from weathered granites in Siberia, Russia, and also in Brazil, Madagascar, and the United States.

The blue tourmaline symbolizes the clearness, purity, tranquility and freedom of the ocean and the blue sky, making us feel detached and far from the crowd.

It also has the characteristics of quietness and reasoning, which is the opposite of the red tourmaline. In the business world, the blue tourmaline is thought to imply balance.

Production sites: Brazil, US, Rusia, Madagascar and Sri Lanka

Brazil is the world’s best source of high quality tourmalines, production sites mainly in Minas Grasse. The tourmalines produced here are really colorful.

So far, more than twenty kinds of colors have been discovered, including almost all of the possible colors of tourmaline.

Red and green tourmalines produced are  Brazil’s best-selling products. They are the country’s main mineral resources and are mostly mined in the rich pegmatite veins in this region.

Among all the Brazilian mining sites, Paraiba state produces a tourmaline with a special green-blue tone. It is very expensive and scarce and in extremely large demands. It is therefore named Paraiba Tourmaline.

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Source: Raw Paraiba Tourmaline by Gooey Louie, Stonearttraders

Care and maintenance

The first trick is to put tourmaline jewelry in the box separately from others when you don’t wear them. Do not let your jewelry rub and impact one another, causing unnecessary loss.

Secondly, since the hardness of tourmaline is relatively high, i.e. 7-8, the stone itself is relatively brittle and fragile, afraid of falling and clash.

Therefore, unless you are wearing a totally pure and flawless tourmaline, try not to wear during strenuous exercise or heavy work, so as to avoid breaking the gemstone.

Thirdly, it is a good habit to regularly check and repair your tourmaline jewelry in time. Go to a professional on a periodic basis to check your tourmaline jewelry so to resolve any issues.

Lapis lazuli

This blue Gem is scarce, intriguing and very powerful, the lapis lazuli stone has been used since time immemorial as a protector of harmful energies and a key to unlock all our spiritual, mental and physical potential.

This incredible and enigmatic stone was long called “Sapphire” name which is believed to have been granted by one of the first human civilizations on earth.

One of the main benefits of this beautiful stone is its ability to balance the throat chakra and facilitate the opening of the third eye.

It also enhances cognitive and physical skills, and in case the wounds of the soul are unhealthy, draining the accumulated negative energies that turn into hatred and resentment over time, allowing us to advance harmoniously on the paths of self-realization.

It is because it can disinhibit us and help us strip away the insecurities that stagnate in ourselves to make us better understand and open our spirit to new teachings.

Its use is recommended in presentations, exhibitions, talks, exams and any situation that requires communication to express ideas.

Perfect for meditation

This blue gem and crystal will be able to guide meditation along the highest path of self-awareness. Place this blue gem and crystal in your right hand and press hard to help relax your body and mind by balancing both positive and negative energies within yourself.

Sapphire

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Source: Vancleefarpels White gold, Diamond, Sapphire

Sapphires are the most well known blue gemstones in the world. The name sapphire comes from the Hebrew word “sappir”, which means “to perfection”.

Sapphire and ruby are similar in nature as they are both corundum minerals with alumina as a basic chemical component and they are the hardest natural mineral on the planet except diamonds. This beautiful blue color of sapphires is derived from titanium and iron.

Meanings of the sapphire

According to the legend, the unique blue color of sapphire comes from the grace of a god; therefore everyone who sees it or touches it will feel the incredible and strong attraction, as if they are introduced into the infinite night sky full of beautiful dreams, blessed with peace and wisdom.

The ancient Persians believed that the sapphire was as blue as the sky, and thus regarded such a gemstone as a symbol of loyalty and prestige. In addition, the sapphire is the birthstone of September.

Tanzanite

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Tanzanite was discovered in Tanzania 1967, near the northern city of Arusha at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, a world famous tourist spot. This is the only production site in the world.

In 1969, Tiffany named this gem, Tanzanite, after its the country of origin, and quickly introduced it to the international jewelry market. Tanzanite quickly became famous and experts announced it as the “gem of the 20th century.”

This rare gem is basically blue, or with a bit purple or golde from different angles. In general, the tanzanite looks clear and cool. Some might have compared a light tanzanite to the beatiful eyes of the famous movie star Elizabeth Taylor.

Since this gem is not as hard as the sapphire, it is also cheaper and easier to process and can be cut into various shapes.

Topaz blue

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Source: Tiffany

The topaz is hard, has a high degree of transparency, a good reflective effect and really beautiful colors; there it has been popular for a long time.

For example, as early as in the seventeenth century, the Braganza diamond, i.e. 1640 carats on the Portuguese crown was once considered the largest diamond in the world, which later was proven to be a colorless topaz.

Topaz stones are mainly produced in Brazil, Mexico, Saxony, Scotland, Japan, and the Ural Mountains.

A typical topaz is yellow or burgundy, other colors including blue, white, gray and green and transparent.

Turquoise

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Fun facts about turquoise

Native Americans are only the most recent societies to be fascinated by Turquoise, a mineral composed of copper and aluminum. Once considered a holy stone capable of bringing good fortunes to anyone wearing it, Turquoise gems were so pricy.

Egyptians used them to embellish their tombs as long ago as 3000 BC. Persians wore turquoise necklaces to protect themselves from unnatural deaths, but that protection went only so far: If the Turquoise changed color, the wearer was warned, “Fear the approach of doom”!

Symbolism and Turquoise

Turquoise comes with the promise of good luck, protection and gives the wearer the ability to predict danger ahead.

Sages insist that Turquoise can protect one from falls, which is why horseback riders attached Turquoise to bridles thousands of years ago to safeguard the rider and the horse. Some still do.

The Aztec people believed the god Quetzalcoatl infused this stone with magical properties. Navaho used it to summon rain and Apache shamans were declared illegitimate if they didn’t possess Turquoise.

Spinel blue

 

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The spinel has always been a non-negligible species of colored gemstones with a very wide color range, including various shades from red, pink, purple to blue.

As for the blue spinel, the top notch ones look similarly to the sapphire in a way, both in bright blue or light blue with a purple tone, with good luster and transparency, but those are rare.

Most blue spinels are in dark or intense blue with a little smoky gray or even with a purple hue; spinels of such quality also give off a dull, fuzzy feeling when we look into their luster and transparency.

In order to lighten the color appropriately, the blue spinel is often processed quite thin. And like the sapphire, they are usually cut into an oval shape.

In addition, its price is moderate and within the reach of most enthusiasts. This is another reason why it is shining in the gem market in recent years!

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