I have a thing for aquamarines. I think it goes back to my days as a staff editor at various wedding magazines and websites. Whenever I pulled jewelry for photo shoots or curated photos for a slide show, it was hard to stick to diamonds and pearls exclusively—I’m a colored stone junkie—and aquamarine was fair game in a bridal context. So I was always on the hunt for it, whether the hue was icy and delicate or that highly prized, richly saturated “swimming pool” blue (which did tend to read better in photos).
When it came time for my own wedding nearly three years ago, I accessorized with aquamarines as my “something blue.” Below, a snapshot of my luminous, if humble, little hoard, which I totally included in my wedding album for posterity.
(Photo by Iris Photography)
Knowing I’d write something aquamarine-related to kick off March, I found myself peeping the “vaults” of various designers online (Pampillonia Jewelers in Washington, D.C., for example, has incredible vintage aqua pieces) and my treasure hunt soon led me to Arunashi (whom, as it happens, I hadn’t covered since my days as a bridal editor).
I had a feeling that Arun Bohra, the creative mind behind the line, and a Gem Awards nominee in the jewelry design category this year, would have some spectacular aqua statement pieces in his current stash, and I’m pleased to showcase them here.
They’re more red carpet than bridal, obviously, but undeniably editorial. Someone needs to get them in for a cover shoot stat.
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Necklace in 18k gold with carved aquamarine, pearls, diamonds, and rubies
Earrings in 18k gold with aquamarine, tsavorites, sapphires, and diamonds
Bracelet with carved aquamarine and fire opal
Wild orchid ring in 18k gold with aquamarines, diamonds, and sapphires
Pendant in 18k gold with aquamarine and diamond
Earrings in 18k gold with aquamarine, moonstone, and blue topaz
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